Sunday 20 April 2014

90pc of jobs plan implemented last year – Government claims

MORE than 90pc of the measures to be implemented last year under the Government’s jobs plan were rolled out, the Government claimed today.

Some 249 of the 270 measures committed to last year have been delivered.

But business chiefs said that with unemployment at 14.6pc, more needs to be done.

Launching the final quarterly progress report under the Action Plan for Jobs 2012, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the country was on the right track to recovery.

“Getting Ireland working again is the top priority for the Government,” he said.

“While there is still much to do we are on the right track to recovery with private sector job creation increasing once again.”

Chambers Ireland said the Action Plan needs to set more challenging targets if the unemployment rate is to be seriously tackled.

Chief executive Ian Talbot said: “ Unemployment has remained over 14pc for the last two years and any measures to support job creation will only have a real effect if we begin to see this number falling.”

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) expressed its concern at the lack of a “realistic comprehensive economic plan for the country”, which it said was feeding the uncertainty in both business and consumers.

Chief executive Mark Fielding said: “Self praising reports from Government do little to assuage the concerns of SME business owners across the country, struggling with rising costs, reducing turnover and a non-performing banking system.

“The ‘successes’, so well described in the latest spin document have been welcomed, however this is no time for complacency.”

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