Tuesday 20 March 2018

Jerome Reilly: Spin on jobs figures doesn't reflect reality

The latest performance statistics reveal a domestic economy still in critical condition

Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

Short of fireworks and dancing girls in the foyer of the Department of Jobs and Enterprise, there was little more Minister Richard Bruton could have done to put the best possible gloss on the latest jobs figures from Enterprise Ireland.

It was all very jolly and uber-positive: "Today," Bruton trumpeted, "we're reporting significant expansion in the indigenous sector and it represents a really strong performance. We are turning the corner, albeit slowly."

Seldom has the launch of the latest performance statistics from Enterprise Ireland attracted such a big media attendance. Even the chap from The Observer turned up as print and broadcast media valiantly tried to fill the lacuna in new year news. RTE had padded its turn-of-the-year bulletins with hourly updates on Hillary Clinton's health scare, which, as it turned out, was not that scary at all.

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