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O’Keeffe jobs storm – IDA fury as minister fails to act on staff shortages

An interesting (and disturbing) article in Saturdays (August 28th) Irish Independent by Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent, which highlighted the current staff shortages within the IDA.

“THE flagship agency tasked with creating more than 100,000 jobs in the next four years has told the Government it cannot do so because it is being starved of staff and resources.

The chairman of the IDA, the most important state agency for new jobs, wrote to Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe in May to express serious concern over its ability to meet targets.

An exasperated Liam O’Mahony told Mr O’Keeffe that chronic staff cuts had left the development agency unable to act adequately on the biggest issue facing the country.

“Minister, on behalf of the IDA board, I cannot overstate the gravity and urgency of this situation,” he concluded. “

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