Sunday 23 July 2017

Thomas Molloy: Training still key if Bruton hopes to tackle jobs crisis

ENTERPRISE Minister Rich-ard Bruton faces a formidable task as he lays out his plans to fight unemployment today. He will know that the State has a poor record when it comes to helping the unemployed return to work, and his civil servants will have reminded him that job creation is difficult, even in countries where the public sector traditionally displays energy and resourcefulness.

We can draw many lessons from the boom, but surely one of the most heartening lessons is that Irish people like working. Unemployment tumbled to around 4.2pc once the private sector and the State created jobs -- proving once and for all that unemployment is largely a supply side problem. If the jobs are there, people will fill them.

We know that Mr Bruton will announce the merger of the County Enterprise Boards and the creation of some kind of uber-agency to promote business today, but most of his other plans have yet to be explored in detail.

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