The Workers’ Party
have welcomed today’s announcement by the ESB that they intend to create more than 3,700 jobs over the next few years
in a major development plan.
Workers Party President
Michael Finnegan said the development shows the important of semi-state companies such as the ESB to this country at a time
when tens of thousands of jobs are being lost on a monthly basis.
Party has long pointed out that the ESB and other semi-state companies are the engine of our economy and have sustained the
country at the most difficult times for over 80 years. The creation of thousands
of high-value jobs is an important boost to the country and also shows clearly that the semi-state sector, far from being
the dinosaur which the likes of IBEC and others like to attack on a regular basis, is a dynamic and viable sector which must
be expanded rather than privatised for short term gain”.
“The attacks on
the ESB and further attempts to privatise it must now stop and it should be allowed to proceed with its vital plans without
hindrance from the government or the European Union. The unfettered capitalist
market has failed dismally to meet the needs of the state and the Irish people and it is companies like the ESB who have the
dynamism and vigour to turn the economy around and get the country moving again”, said Michael Finnegan.
Issued 16th April 2009