Jobs plan for Dublin targets 66,000 jobs

Economy, Employment | Mon 25 Jan | Author – Business & Finance
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The Government has launched the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs, aimed at delivering 10 to 15% employment growth in the capital over the coming years.

The plan is the final of eight regional jobs plans published over recent months, as part of a new €250m regional jobs strategy

Employment in Dublin has returned to growth, with over 64,000 extra people at work in the region since the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.

Key sectors targeted as part of the plan include areas like technology, financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, tourism and retail, as well as ‘smart cities’ and the creative industries.

The Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD said: “As our capital city, Dublin has a key role to play in driving Ireland’s economic growth. It has a dynamic energy and diversity that has enabled it to punch above its weight in an international context. Yet we know that the region faces its own challenges. So it’s essential that we respond to those challenges in a way that continues to drive up employment and opportunities across the Dublin region – and that’s precisely what this Plan will do.”

She continued: “I am convinced that with the right support from Government through the Dublin Plan, we can keep the recovery going and create jobs right across the capital. In this way we can deliver 66,000 extra jobs over the coming years which will allow us to surpass the peak levels of employment seen during the boom, but this time on a sustainable basis – putting money back into communities and lives back on track right across the city”.

Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, added: “By supporting SMEs, continuing to attract FDI and providing assistance to start-ups to ensure they go the distance, we will see our recovery bed down and will be able to provide the services we need, on the back of a strong economy. These focused Action Plans are designed to identify the needs of each region across the country. There has been a drop of 26% in the Live Register figures in Dublin since 2012, but still too many people are unemployed. Through the policies set-out in the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs, which targets the creation of 66,000 additional new jobs, we will continue to get more people back to work, allowing for a better standard of living and a future that is more secure.”

Photo: Daniel Dudek-Corrigan