The Government today launched the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs, aimed at delivering 10-15% employment growth in the capital over the coming years.
The Plan is the final of 8 regional jobs plans published over recent months, as part of a new €250million regional jobs strategy led by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.
Following several difficult years since the crash, employment in Dublin has returned to growth, with over 64,000 extra people at work in the region since the last Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. During the years 2008-2011, 90,000 jobs were lost in Dublin.
Key sectors targeted as part of the plan include areas like technology, financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, tourism and retail as well as “smart cities” and the creative industries.
Tánaiste Joan Burton believes that based on all the evidence and the “strong buy-in” for the process up to this point “it is realistic to target 66,000 additional jobs in the region by 2020”.
Minister Richard Bruton said:
“As our capital city, Dublin has a key role to play in driving Ireland’s economic growth. It has a dynamic energy and diversity that has enabled it to punch above its weight in an international context.
Yet we know that the region faces its own challenges. So it’s essential that we respond to those challenges in a way that continues to drive up employment and opportunities across the Dublin region – and that’s precisely what this Plan will do.
“Jobs are growing right across the country, but they are growing faster in some regions than in others. That is why we have put in place the €250million regional jobs strategy, to support regions to play to their strengths and accelerate jobs growth in every area.
“Dublin as the capital city and only city over 1 million population is a real driver of economic growth for Ireland. Getting the jobs market right in Dublin is crucial to our overall economic health as a country. The city suffered badly during the crash, with 90,000 jobs lost, but we have made up major ground since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs, with 64,000 extra jobs created and around half of that growth coming in the exporting companies which my Department supports.”