Fine Gael Tipperary candidate Noel Coonan, said the party’s Jobs Plan would bring total employment in the State to 2.18 million – higher than at any point in the country’s history.
The plan also commits to having the employment rate in every region of the State, including Tipperary, within 1% of the national average of 6 per cent.
“Our ambition is clear. Under our plan, by 2020 anyone who wants a job will be able to get a job.
“Our jobs plan is the first of three steps in our Long Term Economic Plan to keep the recovery going. We will create 200,000 extra jobs by 2020, bringing total employment in the State to the highest point in our history at 2.18 million.
“Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in 2012, 136,000 more people are back at work and unemployment has dropped to 8.6 per cent.
“Almost 60 per cent of the new jobs are outside Dublin, while every region is now experiencing jobs growth and falling unemployment.
“We are confident we can build on the success of the Action Plan and the specific strategic plans for each region. That is why we are committing to having the employment rate in every region in the State within 1% of the national average of 6% by 2020.
““Over the last five years Fine Gael has shown that it has the right policies and genuine commitment to pro-enterprise policies that can help our economy to grow and along with it more jobs. When we first set a target of creating 100,000 additional jobs within five year many scoffed at the target. Our political opponents criticised our plans and voted against the Budgets that underpinned our plans.
““Today we are committing to an even bolder, more ambitious plan for jobs: 200,000 extra jobs by 2020 and every region to benefit and be within 1% of the national average. Under Fine Gael’s plan we will fund an additional €4 billion in total capital investment over the five years period 2017-2021. The funds will be ring-fenced for a new ‘Future Jobs Investment Fund’ to future-proof the economy and our jobs plan against rising global risks and challenges. This is the right policy to build on the success of our jobs strategy in Government.
“Under Fianna Fáil, the wrong policies destroyed our economy and 300,000 jobs. The right ones have helped bring back136,000 jobs. Let’s stick with the party with the right policies, and grow more jobs to keep the recovery going,” said Deputy Coonan.