09 Dec 2021

Political task force called for to tackle unemployment

Call for politicians to work together

Political task force called for to tackle unemployment
Declan Magee

Donegal County Council needs a political task force including councillors, Oireachtas members and MEPs to work to reduce Donegal's employment levels, it has been claimed.

The call was made in a motion passed at the April meeting of the council.

Sinn Féin councillor Mick Quinn proposed the motion calling for politicians to be brought together to focus on issues such as economic development, tourism and “all other barriers to reducing our unemployment levels”.

Cllr. Quinn said there was no doubt that Donegal has been “the poor cousin in the 26 counties”.

“It is the only county that does not have motorway access or trains,” he said.

He said the only way to bring about change was for it to be driven politically.

He said this meant all local authority members, Oireachtas members and MEPs coming together.

“What we are looking for is a political task force,” he said. “There is no way to address this unless there is the political will to do it.”

The motion was seconded by Albert Doherty (SF) who said: “There has to be a different way for the county. There has to be a different way to be heard. How do we end the blight of immigration and unemployment.”

Cathaoirleach Cllr Ciaran Brogan said a good template has been established in the work between Donegal County Council and Derry and Strabane Council.

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