Employment and job creation are key- McHugh

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Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh has said that employment and job creation are the two priorities for the new Government.

Speaking to the Journal yesterday Deputy McHugh said that the programme for Government contains guarantees to protect existing jobs and that the programme will facilitate growth in this region’s fisheries and tourism industries.

He said: “The new Programme for Government is a realistic policy agenda that will protect existing jobs and facilitate jobs growth in key sectors that are important in the northwest.

“The commitments to keep corporation tax at 12.5%, and to keep employers’ tax and income tax at current levels, are designed to protect existing jobs including jobs in the international companies that provide major employment in Donegal.

“ And the Programme for Government puts fisheries, agriculture and tourism at the heart of the national economic recovery plan.”

He said the programme commits to developing an Irish seafood strategy to develop Ireland as European hub for seafood processing and to grow market profile.

“He said the new government will also seek an agreement on visitor visas with the UK with one visa to visit both the UK and Ireland as well as abolish the 3 euro travel tax. He added: “As a re-elected TD for Donegal North-East I am committed to driving the jobs agenda by acting as a link between the new Government and every sector of the local economy.”