There is a need for more employment opportunities in Galway City, and more investment in the west of the city, according to local election candidate Cllr Michelle Murphy, who has worked with individuals seeking employment for the past 14 years as Regional Manager in Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR.
The Fine Gael Galway City West candidate has also said that the west of the city needs to be sold as a prime location for investment. She added that many constituents in Knocknacarra, Taylors Hill, Rahoon and The Claddagh have highlighted the need for more employment opportunities in general for the city as well as the need to bring more investment over to the west, rather than having people commute across the city to take up employment on the east side.
Through her role working with foreign direct investment companies and enterprises considering setting up in the Galway region, Cllr Murphy said that she “constantly sells the benefits of investing in Galway City” and that, if elected, she will be vocal on improving what the west of the city has to offer, in addition to lobbying the Government to ensure that Galway is firmly on the map for future investment opportunities.
She recently liaised with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the need for further investment for Galway City, as she feels the city has been slow to get a fair share of investment in comparison with other parts of the country over the past 12-18 months.
Cllr Murphy said that the Live Register in Galway has fallen by 16 per cent since Fine Gael entered Government however despite announcements earlier this year including 250 jobs at Zenimax; 200 jobs at HP and 138 jobs at Rossport Pharmaceutical, further investment is needed in order to keep “our wonderful graduates and experienced workers employed here in the region and contributing to the local economy to aid recovery”.
She also highlighted that local government reform means that councillors will now have increased powers and the next Galway City Council will make decisions on the Local Property Tax, Commercial Rates, supports to local businesses and on how taxpayer money is reinvested in the community.
“Fine Gael has a plan to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery are felt by every person, in every part of Ireland and if elected, I will work to ensure the continuation of the plan to create jobs and local enterprise, to support families and households and to empower local communities in Galway,” said Cllr Murphy.