THE chairman of the Mid-West Jobs Task Force Denis Brosnan has been honoured by Limerick Chamber president Kieran MacSweeney.
For almost three years, the former Kerry Group chief executive Mr Brosnan has been campaigning for the improvement of the Mid-West region.
It was in the wake of the devastating loss of 1,900 jobs that he was asked to chair the Mid-West Jobs Task Force, which was focused on transforming the region’s economic fortunes.
He was also the chairman of the Limerick Local Government Committee, which recommended that the city and county authorities be joined up.
Phil Hogan decided to act on the main recommendations of this report just weeks into his tenure as Local Government Minister.
Speaking to the Leader, Mr Brosnan said he was “deeply honoured” to be recognised by the Limerick Chamber.
Despite criticising the previous government’s inaction on the jobs task force’s interim report, released in mid-2009, he feels there have been improvements.
“We have ensured the IDA has been significantly involved in Limerick again, and Ministers at government level take the city seriously again. I only wish that after two years and nine months, we are further along the road.
But a lot is happening. All I can say is that for the first time, we have made progress,” he told the Limerick Leader.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 29, 2011