Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Results prove effectiveness of LEO leadership on local employment

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources and Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne has welcomed the results from Galway’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and Mayo’s LEO for 2016 which resulted in 79 and 116 across the counties respectively.

The figures show that Galway’s LEO has worked with over 240 entrepreneurs and small businesses last year accounting for a total of 962 full and part time jobs in Galway. Meanwhile, the LEO in Mayo has worked with 220 entrepreneurs and small businesses to support 1,239 full and part time jobs last year.

Commented Minister Kyne: “The jobs figures prove that the local leadership being provided by LEOs across the country is having a sustained and positive impact on employment and local economies and communities.

“With a county-based structure, LEOs enable business-owners and entrepreneurs to easily access the full range of support from State agencies and Government departments. The advice, support and information as well as targeted training and mentoring that LEOs provide is clearly helping small local businesses to expand and entrepreneurs to create new businesses.

“It is very clear that there is great potential across Galway, Mayo and the West in terms of turning business ideas into successful businesses and employment which has also been shown by the recent figures from Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar regarding the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance. This scheme is supporting over 600 people in Galway and over 380 in Mayo.

“With Brexit approaching the role of the local LEO will only increase in significance and importance as we prepare to tackle the challenges but also to meet the opportunities that Brexit will bring.”