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Taoiseach vows 2014 will be the year of jobs

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 Enda Kenny. Photo:  Mark Condren

Enda Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

Enda Kenny. Photo: Mark Condren

THE Government has hailed its latest jobs plan as a clear sign of its efforts to guide the Irish economy to "better times".

Ministers today pledged to create an additional 10,000 jobs, on top of the 30,500 new posts already promised for 2014.

The plan will involve the channelling of additional resources to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), which will then lead a fresh recruitment drive for 10,000 new staff at its offices overseas.

It was also confirmed that unemployment has fallen to 12.3pc, compared to 15.1pc in February 2012.

MEASURES

Measures announced in the government's jobs action plan include:

* A €2m county-by-county reward scheme for entrepreneurs;

* The closer monitoring of banks by the Department of Finance to ensure that they are lending to businesses;

* A tougher approach by the Department of Finance to ensure that banks are lending;

* The announcement of 2015 as the 'Year of Design', in which 1,800 jobs will be created in the design and craft sector;

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said there will be no "let-up" in the government's efforts to get the country back to full employment. "Creating new jobs is the top priority. We recognise that too many people still have yet to see evidence of recovery. This is why the Government has designated 2014 to be the year for jobs," he said.

NOCONNOR@HERALD.IE


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