Tuesday 17 October 2017

Thomas Molloy: Jobs initiative must offer solutions, not empty talk

Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

TODAY we will learn whether the jobs programme which forms the centrepiece of the Government's economic policy is just window dressing or a genuine effort to help the one-in-five people now out of work.

An initiative that contains clear, measurable targets will suggest the Government is serious, while a shopping list of vague measures such as the inevitable 'war on red tape' will imply the opposite.

In the dying days of February's election campaign, Enda Kenny quoted the Italian astronomer Galileo as saying that we should "measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so" -- but he has so far shown little inclination to follow his own advice.

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