Budget will lead to job creation and economic growth in rural Ireland – DEERING

16th October, 2014


Budget 2015 will result in more Gardaí, more productive farms and more rural jobs

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has said that the Budget announced by Minister Michael Noonan is good for rural Ireland and will result in more Gardaí, teachers and more rural jobs. 

“The Budget has job creation and economic growth at its core and I have no doubt that it will directly lead to more jobs and more money for the people of rural Ireland.

“The provision of 400 new Garda vehicles will enhance Garda presence in rural areas and help protect our communities. There have also been 200 new Garda recruits announced which will in due course increase the number of Gardaí in rural areas.

“Our farming industry is the lifeblood of the rural economy. It is also is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry with an annual turnover of about €26 billion and 170,000 employees. This Budget has introduced twelve new taxation measures which will make additional land available to young and active farmers and drive production. This will protect farming incomes, facilitate an increase in productivity and make it easier for young farmers to access land and other farmers to rent land they’re not using.

“For too long it has been the case that the only way to farm was to buy a farm, inherit it, or marry into it. This Budget will help ensure a situation whereby it will no longer be necessary to own land in order to farm it. As a result of this Budget, anyone who wishes to enter a career in farming can now do so. This will help increase farming productivity leading to the creation of more rural jobs and further rural economic growth.

“The decision to retain the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector will help create a significant amount of jobs in rural areas. This measure has already proved hugely beneficial for rural Ireland and led to the creation of more than 30,000 jobs across the regions in the last three years.

“Furthermore, the €200 million allocated in the Budget to build social housing will have a direct and beneficial effect on rural construction workers who were badly hit as a result of the collapse of the construction industry. The extension of the home improvement incentive, which has already proved a godsend for rural contractors and their staff, will also be widely welcomed and will lead to further job creation.

“The decrease in the top level of tax and the widening of the tax bands

is designed to assist our struggling retail sector and will act as a massive boost to rural businesses. Too many businesses in too many rural towns are struggling because people don’t have money to spend. People will have more money in their pockets next year as a direct result of these measures. Minister Noonan has predicted that tax decreases will lead to the creation of 15,000 jobs in the next three years.

“Rural areas have been particularly hit by the economic downturn and the Budget provides for a €1 million Rural Innovation and Development Fund to support innovative and small scale pilot initiatives under the CEDRA report. This funding is part of a wider comprehensive framework to support economic development in rural areas, including major elements of the draft Rural Development Programme, the Seafood development Investment Programme and the wider enterprise, capability and community development initiatives operated by other bodies such as the Local Enterprise Offices, LEADER, Local Development Companies, Educational Training Boards and tourism agencies.”