County Wexford's five Sinn Féin local election candidates launched their plan for the coming County Council term last week. 'A Plan for County Wexford' charts out a number of steps to stimulate the local economy including the construction of a sugar beet refinery plant in New Ross, the roll out of superfast broadband across the county, major new investment in Rosslare Europort and the creation of a new heritage centre in North Wexford.
Speaking at the launch, New Ross candidate Oisin O' Connell said that the plan represented Sinn Fein's commitment to tackling the unemployment crisis in this county.
"Recently a survey put New Ross as the eighth poorest town in the state," Mr O' Connell said, "The effects of the recession and both national and local governments failure to adequately deal with it have been felt hard by the people of South Wexford. Our unemployment and emigration rates are among the highest in the state."
"We believe that local government has an important role to play in getting this county back to work. I am pleased to be part of a strong team that has identified several initiatives that could bring sustainable employment to this region."
"The current sugar beet quotas change in 2018 giving Ireland the perfect opportunity to get our national quota back. Beet Ireland has already identified New Ross as being one of a number of suitable locations for the construction of a new state of the art sugar beet refinery which would produce sugar and ethanol. The construction of such a facility would bring 5000 direct jobs to South Wexford as well as having a massively positive knock on effect on the local economy."
"Some would say that projects like these are only dreams or pre election political posturing, but we have been pushing this initiate for the past three years and, with the right team on the new council, there is absolutely no reason why this project cannot be successful. All it takes is political will and hard work."