- Oct 26, 2006
EMBATTLED Environment Minister John Gormley last night came under intense pressure to explain why a 350m project that would create 600 jobs is being held up -- as unemployment rose to a record high.
Mr Gormley's handling of the job-rich Poolbeg incinerator development in his own constituency has prompted the US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney to demand a face-to-face meeting with the Green Party leader.
The revelation of so many potential jobs being delayed came as new live register figures yesterday revealed there are a record 452,882 people out of work.
Gormley faces US quiz for holding up 600 jobs - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ieThe American-Ireland Chamber of Commerce has also expressed concern about the possible damage to Ireland's "solid reputation for being business friendly to foreign investors".
Would be interesting to see how Gormley explains this to the US ambassador.