IBEC launching election campaign
IBEC South East, the group that represents business in the region, will launch its General Election 2016 campaign at 11.30am on Thursday at the Tower Hotel, Waterford, where it will set out the key priorities for the region for the next government.
During the launch, which will be attended by key business leaders and election candidates, Ibec will outline how to attract more investment, create more jobs and make the South East a better place to live, work and do business. The event will be chaired by Deputy Editor of the Sunday Business Post Pat Leahy and will be addressed by IBEC President Gerry Collins of Janssen and Ibec CEO Danny McCoy.
Ahead of the event, IBEC South East Regional Director Mairead Crosby said: 'Despite having experienced the largest employment growth in the country in the past three years (11.1%), the unemployment rate in the South East is still the highest in the country at 12.6%. Massive strides still need to be made to ensure the region benefits fully from the wider economic recovery. Under investment in housing, the road network, education and health, along with a growing population means we are not prepared for the next phase of the recovery. We have a limited window to plan for these pressures and we urgently need to see a mind-set change from politicians and policy makers.
'Successful businesses are central to the South East's economic prospects and the creation of a truly dynamic, diverse economy. We are calling on political parties and candidates to set out a clear plan for the region over the coming years.
'The next government needs to actively support growth and investment in towns across the region.'