Friday 23 June 2017

Johnny Fallon: A welcome jobs plan, but did we reallty need all this fuss and razzamatazz?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the announcement by the Government of the Action Plan for Jobs
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (left) and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the announcement by the Government of the Action Plan for Jobs

THE government launched its jobs plan yesterday, something very different, we are told, to the jobs budget the launched earlier. It might have made more sense to combine both your budget and your plan, but that’s not how it works in the world of politics.



Yesterday’s announcement contained many good and worthy measures including a micro financing package that will be welcomed by many small businesses as something long overdue. Access to capital was at the centre of the plan and was perhaps its strongest feature. The problem with it was that all of the best measures have been discussed for some time and all could have been implemented without all the razzamatazz and fuss.

Instead we were treated to a big launch to talk up the ideas and by putting them all out together the government will have hoped it was more impactful. Unfortunately, this often has the opposite effect. The figures for the amount of jobs that will be created do not really have any scientific basis for calculation because they don’t know for sure; after all, outside of the public service governments do not create jobs. This plan is about facilitating an environment where, hopefully, others will create jobs.

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