Friday 21 October 2016

Government aims to create 28,000 jobs in North East/ North West action plan

Published 30/11/2015 | 08:27

Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton
Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton

The government will announce today an action plan for jobs targeted specifically at creating some 28,000 jobs in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, and Louth.

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The plan is the sixth of eight regional action plans for jobs, which the government has set aside €250m for. The North West/ North East action plan has been developed with the goal of delivering between 10pc and 15pc employment growth over the coming years in the region.

The key sectors covered in the plan include agri-food, manufacturing, engineering, and tourism. However, it has also been developed to target areas in future growth like digital payments, cleantech and creative services.

The government has set out a number of key objectives to achieve over the two year period from 2015 to 2017 including an increase of 25pc in the amount of start-ups in the region and an increase of between 30pc and 40pc in the number of IDA investments across the region.

Minister for jobs, Richard Bruton said: “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 €250m regional jobs strategy, to support regions to play to their strengths and accelerate jobs growth in every area.

“The North East/North West is a region which had historic problems with unemployment, but over recent years thanks to the ingenuity of its workers and businesses it has performed extremely strongly," the minister said.

“I am convinced that with the right support from Government through the North East/North West Plan, and by continuing the collaborative approach right across the region, we can deliver 28,000 extra jobs over the coming years. This would be 28,000 extra pay packets coming into communities and 25,000 lives back on track – a goal well worth fighting for”.

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