Monday 24 October 2016

Minister's fury over snub for jobs announcement

Minister Aodhan O Riordain
Minister Aodhan O Riordain

A Labour Party minister has reacted angrily after he learned of a significant jobs announcement in his constituency just hours before it took place.

Minister for Drugs and Equality Aodhan O Riordain is understood to have become incensed after he was only told of an event to announce the creation of 450 jobs in East Wall at 8.30pm on Wednesday.

Mr O Riordain was unable to attend the event because it clashed with the launch of a new programme in Dundalk Institute of Technology aimed at preparing frontline workers to recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

It's understood the Dublin Bay North TD was left furious when he learned of the jobs event, which was attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.

No Labour politician was at the Irish headquarters of the firm Oracle.

Mr O Riordain is believed to have told officials in the Tanaiste's office that the short notice period was "unacceptable".


He is also believed to have questioned whether he was "deliberately kept out of the picture".

Coalition sources last night suggested that it was the responsibility of the Tanaiste's office, and not officials in the departments of Jobs and An Taoiseach, to inform Mr O Riordain.

A Fine Gael source told the Herald: "Our focus is on ensuring jobs be created more than anything else. We are delighted that over past four years, 135,000 jobs have been created - that's where our focus is."

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