Cork South Central Fine Gael candidate Jerry Buttimer speaking today said “A key function of the next Government will be to create jobs, renew the confidence and belief in ourselves as a nation to find creative solutions to our current difficulties. In this election, we have an opportunity to create a vision for a new Ireland which builds on our strengths as a nation.
Through my work locally and nationally I am very aware of the daily struggles faced by people in Cork. This economic crisis has deeply affected every family in Cork through unemployment, emigration, cuts and taxation. “
“Job losses are destroying families and crippling the economy. A strong Fine Gael Government will protect existing jobs and create new jobs as we close the budget gap and give people back their dignity. Investment in new energy, water and telecoms infrastructure will allow for job creation in the future. “
“We must also ensure that Cork’s third level colleges continue to produce world class graduates so we can continue to attract foreign investment in the computing and pharmaceutical sectors into the region. Initiatives to support small and medium sized businesses which are the core of the local economy will also allow for sustainable employment in the city and county.”
“Fine Gael will improve the quality of public services by prioritising frontline services – that’s teachers, health professionals, Gardaí, Local Authority services etc, and will streamline systems, eliminate red tape and waste and managers will be accountable. “
“In this election, we have a choice to make, to keep things as they are or to change the system. Fine Gael’s Strategy for New Politics will significantly reduce the number of politicians, have a referendum to abolish the Seanad and make the whole political system transparent with more accountability to the public. “
“This election is about change. I want to bring about changes that will manage the economy, deliver value for money public services, create opportunities for employment and which make people feel secure as they get older. “