Mary Mitchell O'Connor: With ambition, creating 135,000 rural jobs can become a reality
Two figures are uppermost in my mind at all times. 200,000 jobs to be created by 2020, 135,000 of them in the regions.
That was the mandate given to me by the Taoiseach when he appointed me Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister in May 2016.
Today, the Taoiseach and I launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2017. The Government initiative mobilises all departments to work to create the right environment for job creation.