Saturday 10 December 2016

Action plan targets 25,000 new jobs for Mid-East

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Epicom founder John Cunningham, Minister Richard Bruton, Epicom founder Tom McDonnell and Minister Damien English at the launch of the latest action plan, in Navan, Co Meath, yesterday Photo: Barry Cronin
Epicom founder John Cunningham, Minister Richard Bruton, Epicom founder Tom McDonnell and Minister Damien English at the launch of the latest action plan, in Navan, Co Meath, yesterday Photo: Barry Cronin

The Government yesterday outlined the latest in its series of regional job plans, aiming to create an additional 25,000 jobs over the next four years.

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The Mid-East Action Plan for Jobs aims to deliver up to 15pc employment growth over the period for Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

The plan is the seventh of eight regional action plans for jobs, for which the Government has set aside €250m.

The Department of Jobs said key sectors targeted as part of the plan will include "high tech-manufacturing, agri-food, tourism, renewable energy, the equine industry and the film/creative content industry". Jobs Minister Bruton said: "Proximity to Dublin is both a strength and a potential weakness in a unique way for the Mid-East region.

"The region suffered badly during the crash, with 31,000 jobs lost and the construction sector particularly impacted.

"Over recent years, thanks to the ingenuity of its workers and businesses, it has begun to recover strongly, but we must do more."

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English added: "The Mid-East Region, with its young and growing population, highly educated and professionally experienced workforce, has the potential to be one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country."

Among the 163 actions in the plan to be delivered over the period 2016-2017 include an increase of at least 25pc in the number of startups in the region, and a 25pc improvement in the survival rate of new businesses. The plan is also targeting an increase in the number of IDA investments in the region by 30 to 40pc up to 2019.

Irish Independent

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