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Heavy hitters to help minister tackle job crisis

THE Government is to announce the establishment of a new, high-powered "jobs council" next week, made up of a number of heavy hitters from the private sector, to advise on job creation.

The new Labour Market Council – to be chaired by Hewlett-Packard Ireland boss, Martin Murphy, and will also include the chairman of Tesco Ireland Tony Keohane – is to specifically assist Social Protection Minister Joan Burton on the implementation of the 'Pathways to Work 2013' strategy, which has a specific focus on the long-term unemployed.

Pathways to Work is a 50-point plan aimed at ensuring that as many of the newly created jobs as possible go to people on the live register.

The council will meet for the first time next Wednesday in Government Buildings and will feed its views into a cabinet sub-committee.

Ms Burton said the mixture of expertise of the private and public sector would prove invaluable.

Mr Murphy already oversees the JobBridge steering group for the Department of Social Protection. More than 20,000 internships have now been taken up under JobBridge.

See our interview with Joan Burton in Weekend Review

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