Richard Curran: Checks and balances required to keep new Local Enterprise Offices working efficiently
Nobody could accuse enterprise minister Richard Bruton of not being active when it comes to announcements around employment initiatives. Indeed the minister has not only seen IDA Ireland support more jobs last year than for many years before, but he has done a lot to support SMEs too.
In just the last couple of weeks he announced that more than 90pc of the recommendations in the national jobs plan had been implemented. The OECD provided details of its review of the jobs plan and was broadly favourable but questioned some important aspects of it around youth and long-term unemployed.
Bruton has also announced that IDA Ireland is to build new industrial facilities to help bring jobs to Athlone and Waterford. He recently announced that the territory covered for EU-approved state aid had been expanded to include Kerry, Kells, Athy and Arklow, bringing coverage to 51.2pc of the population.