Local TD, Denis Naughten will raise the future of the jobs at the Aptar plant in Ballinasloe with the new Tanaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Leo Vardakar in Dáil Éireann this Tuesday.
“The decision by Ballinasloe based company Aptar is to review its operation in the town over the coming weeks will cause huge anxiety, not just for the employees but also the local suppliers to the company, and we need to see action on the ground” says Denis Naughten.
“On Tuesday, in Dáil Éireann I will be requesting that the Tanaiste Leo Vardakar bring together all of the State agencies, and the two Local Authorities in Galway and Roscommon, to implement a co-ordinated strategy for the town and the surrounding communities,” stated Denis Naughten.
“What is hugely frustrating is the fact that Ballinasloe always seems to be just one positive decision away from unlocking its full potential. What is now needed is a very focused co-ordination group of all the State bodies to come together over the next 4 weeks not just to work with the management of Aptar but to explore the full potential of the St. Brigid’s Hospital campus.
“We already have private investors looking at the old hospital complex itself based on the work that I did with Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd. (BACD) on ‘Reimagining St. Brigid’s’ but there is far greater potential on the campus with the rail, motorway, broadband, gas, industrial land, health and water infrastructure now available to the town.
“I very much doubt there is a town in Ireland with infrastructure on a par with Ballinasloe and a focused review of the town by all the State agencies over a very tight
time period could yield new employment opportunities as well as securing the existing jobs,” added Denis Naughten.
“The town also has huge potential to become the recreational tourism crossroads of Ireland with the north-south Beara Breffni way walking route which secured additional Government funding this week and the proposed Dublin Galway greenway intersecting in Ballinasloe.
“What we need now is not handwringing but instead for everyone involved to roll up their sleeves to exploit the full potential of the area both in East Galway and South Roscommon,” concluded Denis Naughten.
Link to the reimagining st. brigids report: https://denisnaughten.ie/2018/