Task force delivers 80 new jobs

The special Jobs Task Force for Killybegs has already delivered 80 jobs, the Donegal Democrat/People’s Press can reveal.

The special Jobs Task Force for Killybegs has already delivered 80 jobs, the Donegal Democrat/People’s Press can reveal.

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation and chairperson of the Task Force, confirmed the news yesterday.

“Our remit was to identify how 250 jobs could be created in Killybegs and environs over the next few years. Eighty of these 250 jobs have already delivered.

“In addition to submitting our report to the Minister, we also went further than our remit and identified how another 150 jobs, beyond the original 250, could be created, if we get the changes we want. Some of our recommendation involve the management of the harbour and the appointment of a Development Co-ordinator for Killybegs. We’ve also asked the Minister to let the Task Force remain in place to oversee the implementation of our report’s recommendations.”

Mr O’Donoghue said Minister Simon Coveney will be launching the report in Dublin on Wednesday, November 23rd but the exact time and place have yet to be confirmed.

“Obviously we had a very coherent bunch working on the committee and our report was always going to be a short, concise one, firmly focused on how to deliver jobs. I’m very happy with the progress that we’ve made so far and confident that the Minister will support our findings.”