Government pledges to create 50,000 new jobs by end of year
The Government will promise to create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2016 as part of its latest jobs plan.
The Action Plan for Jobs 2016, to be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton today, is the fifth in the Government's annual series of jobs plans.
It is the first in a new phase of the Action Plan for Jobs process, after the original target of 100,000 extra jobs by 2016 was hit ahead of schedule last year.
As part of this phase, a target of creating 200,000 net extra jobs by 2020 has been set, which would bring the total numbers of people at work to 2.18 million.
The Government will also create a web portal to highlight job opportunities in information and communications technology. It is hoped that the portal, which will be targeted at Irish emigrants, will help create 10,000 jobs in the sector.
Meanwhile, a new survey has found that almost half the population is positive about future prospects in the country and feel that their quality of life will improve over the coming years.
The survey, compiled by business group Ibec, looked at three categories - quality of life, pride in the recovery and contribution to the recovery. The results show that, with the General Election looming, 49pc of respondents think that quality of life is set to improve further over the coming years.