Noel Coonan TD has welcomed the news that 249 out of the 270 measures committed to be implemented in 2012 by all 15 Government Departments and 36 Agencies under the Action Plan for Jobs have been delivered. This update was announced by the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister for Jobs as they published the fourth and final quarterly progress report under Action Plan for Jobs 2012. Action Plan for Jobs 2013 will be published in the coming weeks.
Alongside reporting on delivery of measures under the Action Plan, Deputy Coonan outlined signs of progress in the labour market, which include net growth of almost 12,000 in private sector employment in the past year. In the three years to March 2011 a net 250,000 jobs were lost in the private sector. There was also a net growth of more than 15,000 in the exporting sectors since the start of 2011.
“In a new departure for Government, underlining the priority assigned to job-creation, a monitoring committee was established led jointly by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Jobs which committed to providing quarterly reports on the implementation by each Department and Agency of the measures committed for each quarter in the Action Plan,” said the local Fine Gael TD.
“We in Government are committed to moving from a failed economy to one based on exports, innovation and enterprise. This is in the best interest of Tipperary businesses and we are really trying hard to create the right environment to grow indigenous companies,” continued Deputy Coonan.
Among the measures delivered in 2012 are €90million microfinance scheme to benefit 5,500 businesses and create 7700 jobs, launch of the National Broadband Plan, allocation of €20 million to a new Education and Training Fund targeting the Long Term Unemployed and the implementation of a series of pro-jobs tax measures.
Also included in the measures is a €450million credit guarantee scheme to benefit 5600 businesses and create 4000 jobs, a €225million development capital scheme targeting investments of €2-€5million in mid-sized companies and a New Potential Exporters Division established in Enterprise Ireland.