Saturday 24 February 2018

Job creation plan is a very big task at a difficult time

The Government's plan to create 300,000 new jobs by 2015 relies heavily on forcing the job creation agencies and the tourism chiefs to don the same green jersey in their attempts to sell Ireland as an attractive location for foreign investment. Siobhan Creaton assesses its contents

THE Trading and Investing in a Smart Economy claims to be the first integrated jobs strategy that will be coordinated by a newly established Foreign Trade Council, made up of several government departments and state agencies.

It plans to create 150,000 new jobs in manufacturing, tourism and internationally traded services over the next five years and another 150,000 new jobs in spin-off industries across the economy.

It's a big ask at a time when Ireland's financial viability is in question and is already being criticised as the Government's last-ditch attempt to appear to be tackling unemployment. So where do the Government think the jobs will be created and, more importantly, can it be done?

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