Saturday 24 February 2018

More to job creation than just tax breaks

Adequate and affordable housing is crucial. Stock photo: PA
Adequate and affordable housing is crucial. Stock photo: PA


There are few if any upsides to Brexit for Ireland. But one small potential silver lining to that dark cloud is that we could become an attractive location for high-calibre jobs leaving Britain and seeking another EU location.

The IDA, which did very good work attracting inward investment in the teeth of the recent recession, is again on the case here. Access to EU markets, an educated English-speaking workforce, respect for the rule of law, a reasonably efficient dispute-resolution system, and the 12.5pc company tax rates, are known to be advantages that this country can use.

But when it comes to getting some of those premium jobs, there are other factors which focus on the quality of life we can offer. Here it is about urban planning, traffic management, and a sense that our political leaders and administrators have a bigger-picture vision of where this country is going.

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