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Action Plan for Jobs 2013 launched

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM

the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs 2013

Launched today, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 offers a blue print of the Government's plans to get more people back to work this year. Containing a number of action focused initiatives, which are all geared to create much needed jobs, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 includes a specific focus on helping to further stimulate profitable industries such as the it, Healthcare and energy sector.

Download the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 from our policy section , the table of contents can be  downloaded from here

Speaking at the launch this morning, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said: "Through the Action Plan for Jobs all government departments and agencies are working together to ensure that we remain focused on our primary goal – to create jobs and tackle unemployment. For my own part, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, I am working hard to develop our trade strategy in priority markets to create opportunities for our indigenous business.

“Creating jobs for our people and equipping the unemployed to move into employment will remain top priorities for this Government. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Government to implement the wide range of actions set out in this 2013 Action Plan for Jobs."

Deputy John Lyons particularly welcomed the JobsPlus initiative included in the plan.

“Under the new JobsPlus initiative, for a two year period, the State will pay €1 of every €4 it costs an employer to recruit a long-term unemployed person off the Live Register.

“This scheme, under the new 2013 Action Plan for Jobs, is a simplified version of the existing PRSI exemption and the Revenue Tax Assist schemes. The purpose of this new scheme is to incentivise employers to hire the long-term unemployed who accounted for 59.5% of those out of work in late 2012.”

Deputy Gerald Nash also noted the range of initiatives included in the plan .

"Medium term projects include a €70 million Energy Efficiency fund, which will support 20 projects. The Government will also set up a Health Innovation Hub which will position Ireland as a world leader in attracting new and growing existing Biomedical technology and Pharmaceutical companies.

"This is an exciting and practical package which combines immediate targeted assistance with more long-term strategic thinking. We have already seen a small increase in employment last year. I believe this Jobs Action Plan will give further momentum to that positive growth."

Deputy Ciaran Lynch particularly welcomed the focus on the energy sector.

“This plan contains a commitment to greatly enhance Ireland’s Energy Efficiency Fund. This fund, which was launched by Minister Pat Rabbitte this week, set aside 70 million euro that will provide lending for energy efficiency works in the public and commercial sectors - a development that has the potential to create 5,000 jobs for Ireland’s green economy.

"The details of this plan will be announced shortly in conjunction with the launch of a National Digital Strategy. Both of these developments are vitally important to an open economy in a peripheral location such as ours. I am confident the actions outlined today will contribute to the continued growth and expansion of the Irish digital and green economies."

Download the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 from our policy section , the table of contents can be  downloaded from here .  

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