Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jobs please, not false promises

IF promises, predictions and aspirations were jobs, there would be no unemployment crisis. As the Taoiseach met representatives of 11 state agencies yesterday to discuss ways to generate employment, his Enterprise Minister promised that the Industrial Development Agency will soon be announcing 70,000 more jobs than the 105,000 it had previously promised.

In July, when launching its Infrastructure Investment Priorities plan, the Government promised that a €75bn commitment would deliver some 300,000 jobs over the next six years.

It has to be assumed that the Government and the IDA fully intend to meet all these promises but predicting the future is not an exact science unless it is backed up by solid, credible strategies. People have grown suspicious of promises that, too often, have turned out to be empty. They want to hear proper plans.

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