Local Fine Gael TD has warmly welcomed the announcement by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton that he has begun preparation of a comprehensive Jobs Strategy, at the request of the Taoiseach and Cabinet Committee on Jobs.
Deputy Coonan said it is expected that the Strategy will be published in January and the action plan will be designed to challenge our current rate of unemployment. The Minister made the announcement last Thursday in his address to the US/Ireland Business Conference at Farmleigh.
“This is another example of how our Fine Gael-led Government is putting job creation top of the list. Indigenous businesses in North Tipperary and South Offaly must be helped expand their export base and create employment in the process. Alongside this, we must to attract more multinational companies to our shores and encourage those already here to further invest in our labour market.
“In this vein, the Government has created an extensive Jobs Strategy which Minister Bruton has said will ‘not attempt to compete with the large number of reports already prepared on this subject but will draw from the volume of material already available, as well as the amazing level of expertise available both in Ireland and abroad’.”
Deputy Coonan said he wholly and strongly agrees with Minister Bruton’s deep aspiration to create over 200,000 jobs to have 2 million people at work again, to significantly increase the share of our indigenous business in export markets and return to and stay in the top five countries for cost competitiveness.