Bruton told to even the ‘playing pitch’

Yvonne N� Mhurch�, James Bannon TD, Minisher Richard Bruton TD, and Cllr Paggy Nolan. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Up to 100 interested observers were on hand at the Longford Arms Hotel last Tuesday to hear what Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton had to say on job creation.

Up to 100 interested observers were on hand at the Longford Arms Hotel last Tuesday to hear what Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton had to say on job creation.

Access to credit, cashflow and the need to attract inward investment were all on the table as business leaders relayed their own concerns to the man charged with arresting Ireland’s unemployment levels.

Mr Bruton said the gathering was one of a string of similarly-staged events he has attended, all with one thing in mind - how to get the nation’s economy going again.

“It’s very important that in government we have an understanding of what the challenges facing businesses on the ground are,” he said.

Among those inside a full- to-capacity function room included Longford Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Connell.

In a prepared speech he read out to Mr Bruton, the Independent Cllr said despite its perceived lack of investment, Longford was still an attractive proposition for would be companies.

“What we need is an equalisation fund that recognises counties like Longford always miss out when the largesse is being handed out by government and others,” he said.