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Bannon, James

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland Case: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

In order to discuss this report and its ramifications, we must focus on the findings of the expert group and their implications for the issue of abortion legislation. However, given the tragic cir...More Button

It is essential that we try to separate this report on the A, B and C v. Ireland case from the upcoming reports into the death of Savita Halappanavar so as to provide clarity and s...More Button

Job Losses

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me highlight this important issue, the recent loss of 100 jobs at Ericsson in Athlone. The implications of this on the local and national economy are undis...More Button

I fully support the need to put every structure in place to assist the workers who have lost so much, and who must be given every assistance to gain new employment. My thoughts are with these wo...More Button

Ericsson employs 700 people in Athlone and 1,200 countrywide. These jobs must be protected. The supports the Minister plans to put in place are of the utmost importance in the context of the po...More Button

Job Losses (Continued)

This has also resulted in job losses in other Ericsson facilities around the world. The reality in my constituency of Longford-Westmeath is that the midlands are haemorrhaging jobs. Athlone has b...More Button

Over 9,000 new jobs have been created nationally in IDA Ireland-supported companies since the start of 2011, but very few have come to the midlands. While I am delighted that the company is stil...More Button

The ten-point plan for small and medium enterprises in yesterday's budget is the most positive news for growth and will probably provide a window of opportunity for the midlands. Over the past f...More Button

Longford-Westmeath is urgently in need of a rapid injection of inward investment. While the proposed Chinese hub in Athlone is an exciting prospect, there is no assurance that it will go ahead. ...More Button

I know. Following the closure of seven Garda stations, security will be at crisis level. The recent job losses are another wake-up call which I am asking the Minister of State not to ignore. For...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his contribution and the fact that Ericsson is fully committed to Athlone and to Ireland generally. This is most welcome. I ask the Minister of State to remember...More Button

The Minister of State mentioned that the midlands region, including County Westmeath, has the linked gateway of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar, but there is no reference to Longford. There is ...More Button

A task force should be set up next year to examine all aspects of employment and the jobs profile of the midlands in order to realise the potential of this gateway, including Longford, to all par...More Button

I have spoken to him on numerous occasions about this and the time for talking is long over. I want action and want to see it quickly.More Button