DUBLIN – The government’s plan to rebuild the economy and create 100,000 new jobs was lanuched today under the guise of the first annual Action Plan for Jobs.According to the government, the plan, ‘contains over 270 actions to be implemented in 2012 by all 15 Government Departments as well as 36 State Agencies, [it] will improve support for job-creating businesses and remove barriers to employment-creation across the economy.’
The launch in Dublin was attended by The Taoiseach (Irish Premier) Mr Enda Kenny, the Tánaiste (Vice Premier) Eamon Gilmore and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton.
“The ultimate goal and top priority of government has always been to get Ireland back to work,” said Mr Kenny who added that seeing this goal implemented is the ‘all-consuming obsession’ of every member of the government.
“Economic recovery has to be matched by a jobs recovery … We will target specific sectors with new policy supports and improve the way government interacts with businesses by cutting costs and red tape. I will ensure that the government works hard to deliver on this ambitious plan,” stated Mr Kenny.
Commenting on how the government plans to create these new jobs, Mr Bruton said there is no ‘big bang’ solution to the jobs crisis.
“It will take a period of hard work by businesses, government, and people across the country to rebuild the economy brick by brick, reform by reform, to get back to sustainable enterprise-led growth where more businesses can start up, expand and create new jobs.”
“We will improve access to finance for small businesses, reduce costs and red tape, and improve supports for exports, management and innovation. It will not be easy, but we are determined to implement the plan, rebuild the economy and create the jobs we so badly need,” concluded Mr Bruton.