Siptu officials to meet with Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment

August 31st has been set as the date for a meeting between Siptu officials and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to discuss the future of Shannon Development. Plans to create up to 20-thousand jobs in Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway and Offaly have been rejected by Micheal Martin. The General Secretary of Siptu says a new mandate to transfer the promotion of the Shannon Free Zone to the IDA is unacceptable.Shannon Development no longer promotes tourism in the North Kerry area but the company had planned a four billion euro investment project incorporating this county. Over a ten-year period it would have seen the creation of an Atlantic Economic Zone, incorporating Kerry and extending into Galway.It would see the introduction of eTowns, knowledge networks as well as the promotion of gateways to the county such as the Tarbert to Killimer Ferry. This was shot down by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheal Martin. He proposes a new mandate in which Shannon Development is given an enhanced, but undefined regional economic development role with specific emphasis on addressing the needs of less developed areas. Unions are to meet with the Minister on August 31st to discuss the mandate and to ask him to withdraw it.