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Government announces plans to deliver thousands of jobs this year

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1/2/2017 Sixth annual Action Plan for Jobs. L TO R. Ministers of State Pat Breen, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O Connor and John Halligan. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Government has published its 2017 Action Plan for Jobs which lists 164 actions aimed at delivering 45,000 jobs this year.

At the launch this morning, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny together with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, promised that by the end of this year it hopes to create 45,000 new jobs.

The Taoiseach said:

“This is the sixth annual Action Plan for Jobs.

“We are in a very different place from when the journey began.

“It is an approach that has worked – last year we implemented 93% of actions contained in the 2016 Plan.”

He said the eventual onset of Brexit will force the government to address the challenges of one of the country’s largest trade partners no longer being in a single market economy.

Admitting that a “significant consideration” was given to Brexit for APJ 2017, the Government took the opportunity to reiterate it had no intentions of leaving the EU to favour trade with the UK and will be “prepared for whatever” trade deals arise from it.

Enterprise Ireland (EI) and IDA Ireland have been given €3m in addition to their annual budgets to recruit an additional 39 and nine staff respectively to be deployed at home and in overseas offices to bolster their abilities to attract investment.

The Taoiseach also said he was “confident” today’s Action Plan will reach its job creation target of 45,000 for 2017.

The Action Plan for Jobs was introduced in 2012 and is a whole-of-Government initiative under which all Government Departments and Agencies work together to deliver on the agreed action points for each year.

The key initiatives outlined in the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 are:

Responding to Brexit;
Driving enterprise growth;
Delivering skills for a growing economy;
Promoting innovation;
Stimulating regional growth;
Enhancing competitiveness;
Addressing new labour market challenges; and
Strengthening clusters and realising enterprise opportunities.
An Action Plan for Jobs is published every year, setting out clear actions and targets to help create positive conditions for job creation. Results are reviewed quarterly and progress reports are published.

To read The Action Plans for Jobs 2017 please click here.