“Firstly let me say I have no allegiance to any political party, but do support hard working politicians and I do believe that there are great public representatives in all parties. However, I was extremely annoyed when this came through my friend’s door.
Firstly, I have spoken to this politician twice in my life, secondly to claim that he is responsible for creating jobs in our business is a disgrace.
And third, it shows how little he knows our business, as Rye River has moved from Kilcock to Celbridge where we have announced 150 new jobs on top of the 50 we already created.
Our team at Rye River have worked bloody hard and taken huge personal risks with plenty of sleepless nights to create those jobs. Mr Lawlor, you have just lost any chance of any vote from me, because if you’re claiming this, what else can I not believe on your leaflet.”
Niall Phelan, of Rye River Brewing discussing a leaflet from Fine Gael candidate and TD Anthony Lawlor, above.
A table in relation to job creation claims in Ireland by Constantin Gurdgiev
Further to the recent claims from a junior minister that the Fine Gael/Labour coalition have been creating more than 1,000 jobs a week…
Adjunct assistant professor of finance at Trinity College Dublin, Constantin Gurdgiev writes on his True Economics blog:
There is a simple matter of arithmetic.
Recall that the current Government came into power at the end of 1Q 2011. Let us suppose the Government really got down to ‘creating jobs’ by 1Q 2012. Which means the Government has been at its jobs game for roughly 14-15 quarters through 3Q 2015 or, at the lower end 3 years and a half.
That means that the Government should have created “over” 182,000 jobs in that period. This benign to the Minister claim, because if we are to look at the record of the entire duration of the Government, his claim would have equated to roughly 221,000 jobs created.
… Keep the two numbers in your mind: we are told that the Government has ‘created’ either more than 182,000 or more than 221,000 jobs over its tenure, depending on where one starts to count.
Now, consult CSO QNHS database – the source of official counts for numbers in employment.
Between the end of 1Q 2012 and 3Q 2015 (the latest for which we have data), total employment rose 158,000. But wait, these are not all jobs. 4,500 of that increase is in the category of Assisting Relative. And 121,200 of these additions are employees, including schemes. Beyond this, the above increase also includes 30,100 new (added) self-employed with no employees.
It is hard to assume that the Government can claim it ‘created’ self-employment jobs where there is not enough activity to hire staff, or that it increased the need to help relatives.
Numbers speak for themselves. By the very best metric, Government is more than 1/2 year shy of the lowest end of the claim of ‘more than 1,000 jobs created per week’. It is more than 1/2 year shy of the claim that there were ‘1,000 jobs created per week’.
Amazon Chief Technology Officer, Dr Werner Vogels, at Amazon’s Dublin office this morning
300 new jobs just announced by Amazon for Ireland over next two years to add to 1400 already employed here #ntfm
— Páraic Gallagher (@paraicgallagher) November 6, 2014
Pic: Will Goodbody
…and win the All-Ireland Hurling Final.
Galway County Cllr Michael Fahy, an Independent, calls for a ban on foreign workers in relation to the construction of the Gort to Tuam motorway.
From this week’s Connacht Tribune:
The five hundred jobs that are to be created during the construction of the Gort to Tuam motorway should be given to Galway workers . . . and not foreigners.
It has been argued that hurling teams in South Galway are decimated through emigration and there was a need to attract these hurlers back.
But Cllr. Michael Fahy emphasised that he had nothing against people from Poland, Latvia or Lithuania.
“The point I am making is that they should go home and try and get jobs in their own countries.
“We are currently in a crisis situation in County Galway. We haven’t enough jobs for our own people.
“It is 26 years since we won an All-Ireland hurling title and the main reason is that some of our best hurlers and workers are living abroad”, Cllr. Michael Fahy added.
Thanks Enda Cunningham
Classic Hits 4FM’s Niall Boylan grills Cllr Fahy this afternoon.
Thanks Mike Hogan
[Minister for jobs Richard Bruton, abpve and Bausch & Lomb, Waterford]
If entirely predictable.
Independent TD for Waterford John Halligan said it is “deeply disturbing” that Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton knew jobs were on the line for a number of months and did not bring it to the attention of the Dáil.
Mr Halligan said that given Waterford has been one of the worst-hit areas in the country for job losses since 2008, Mr Bruton needed to bring information he had about potential redundancies and pay cuts to the attention of local politicians.
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)