Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar pictured with Deputy Tony McLoughlin talking to members of the media this morning in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar visited Carrick-on-Shannon this morning and as part of his visit he spoke to members of the media at the Social Welfare offices in the town.
Discussing the perception of a lack of investment in the North West region, Minister Varadkar stated, "I think it's probably more than a perception, there hasn't been enough enterprise or IDA investment in the North West."
He added, "It's not that the IDA and Enterprise aren't trying or the Government isn't trying, we just haven't had the degree of success that we want to have. There has been quite a lot of good announcements for Carrick-on-Shannon in recent years, maybe not so much for Sligo. It is something I know Tony McLoughlin has raised at the highest level in Fine Gael and something we are very aware of in the Government and absolutely we want to see more of those good multi-national jobs going in to the regions.
"Inevitably most of them will go to Dublin, Cork and Galway but Dublin, Cork and Galway aren't in competition with Sligo or Leitrim, they are in competition with Manchester, London and Tel Aviv. If we lose those jobs to Dublin, we probably lose them to Ireland but there are other things that can go in to the big towns around the country. Wexford has done well, there has been a lot in Kerry and Sligo should be fighting for the same amount of investment and I would be very supportive of the Sligo representatives in doing that."
For more on Minister Varadkar's visit to Carrick-on-Shannon see next Wednesday's Leitrim Observer.