14 May 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister Thomas Byrne highlights 700,000 jobs created in Ireland Since Joining the EU in 1973

On Europe Day 2021, Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne TD highlights the estimated 700,000 jobs created in Ireland since joining the EU in 1973. It was Fianna Fáil in government that led Ireland into the then European Economic Community, the culmination of a long campaign over ten years. Minister Byrne comments: “On Europe Day, I want to focus on the benefits of being a citizen of the EU that mean the most to me. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, an estimated 700,000 jobs have been created in Ireland since joining the EU. That’s akin to the number of hectares of trees in Ireland.

And just like how trees are vital to our environment, jobs are vital to our society. Jobs take root in a community; helping families to provide for themselves, transforming the local area, and provide lasting effects to the society around them.” Minister Byrne highlights the local effects of European funding: “I have seen the value of European funding all across Monaghan. The county benefits from LEADER funding of almost €7.5 million euro. LEADER supports rural development projects and initiatives on many fronts, e.g. tourism, entrepreneurship, social inclusion, innovation….

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