JOBS Minister Richard Bruton says the Government will hit its target of creating 100,000 new jobs over its term in office.
The promise was a key plank of Fine Gael's general election manifesto and became government policy.
Despite a relatively slow start, Mr Bruton says he is confident the Coalition will achieve its aim. "The target of 100,000 is reachable," he told the Irish Independent. He said there was jobs growth across a range of sectors.
Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, and the target was set of 100,000 additional jobs in the economy by 2016, the Government claims there has been a seasonally adjusted increase in employment of 30,000.
The sectors showing growth in that period are tourism, technology, industry and agriculture and food. Government figures show these have more than offset losses in financial services, the public service and construction.