Government today set to announce plans to create 50,000 jobs this year

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, will launch the jobs initiative in Kildare this afternoon.

The 2016 Action Plan for Jobs is the fifth annual series of actions to be taken by the current Government to aid job creation, exports and innovation.

In the first action plan the Government aimed to create 100,000 jobs by 2016, a figure it says it surpassed last year, with claims 135,000 new roles were created under the initiative.

This year’s target of 50,000 jobs will almost all be in the private sector.

The action plan includes measures to help industries create jobs, including progress reports every three months to Government.

Priorities this year focus on intellectual property development, and the supply of skilled employees for the IT Sector.

The Government also plans to create a web portal to highlight job opportunities in information and communications technology with the hope that it will be target Irish emigrants and will help create 10,000 jobs in the sector.

In related news, a new survey has found that nearly half the population feels positive about future prospects in the country and also that their quality of life will improve over the coming years.

The survey, which was undertaken by IBEC, examined three categories; quality of life, pride in the recovery and contribution to the recovery.