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New Government job plans launched

Friday, 9th March, 2018 10:21am

The Government has today committed to getting an extra 100,000 people at work by the end of 2020 with the launch of two new job plans.

The Enterprise 2025 Renewed and Action Plan for Jobs 2018 were launched today by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD at Monaghan Mushrooms, which employs over 500 people at its north-east operation.

The Action Plan for Jobs 2018 is the seventh cross-Government annual plan to support job creation, while Enterprise 2025 Renewed is a review of Ireland’s longer term enterprise strategy.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys stressed the importance of joined-up thinking when it comes to policymaking. She said the strategies complemented and reinforced one another, Enterprise 2025 Renewed setting out Ireland’s medium-term strategy and direction of travel, and the Action Plan for Jobs outlining the suite of short-term actions to be taken across Government and its agencies during 2018.

“It is the Government’s ambition to ensure that another 100,000 jobs are created by the end of 2020,” the Minister said. “There are over 2.2 million people at work, the unemployment rate stands at six per cent and indigenous exports have reached over €21.6 billion. Economic growth projections for the current year are strong, and my determination is that no region will have an unemployment rate above one percentage point of the national average by 2020.”

Minister Humphreys said the Government’s enterprise policies were delivering but that factors like Brexit, international tax developments, US policy developments and technological advances would all have a direct effect on Ireland’s prospects.

“Both Enterprise 2025 Renewed and the Action Plan for Jobs 2018 illustrate the need to deepen resilience in Ireland’s enterprise base, particularly in light of Brexit,” she continued. “My department wants to see businesses competing, innovating and trading in order to make them more resilient in the face of Brexit and other global challenges.”

To date, the Action Plan for Jobs has supported the creation of nearly 313,000 jobs. The Government aims to support the creation of 50,000 more jobs in 2018.

Commenting on the launch of the plans, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD said many of these jobs would be created by small and medium sized companies (SMEs):

“SMEs are the backbone of our economy in every region across Ireland and this Government is committed to supporting their continued competitiveness. Improving productivity through investment in infrastructure, training and innovation will ensure that our SMEs will provide high quality jobs that are essential to the wellbeing of our communities.

“The Action Plan for Jobs 2018 sets out actions that will support our enterprises and our workforce to adapt and thrive in a technology-rich world. As set out in Enterprise 2025 Renewed, we will drive a coordinated approach across Government to deliver on an ambitious vision and strategy for Ireland’s digital economy over the medium term. I will also continue to work with our EU partners to advance the digital single market and to influence outcomes relating to data-flows post Brexit," he concluded.

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