11/01/2016

Irish Govt To Launch Mid-East Regional Jobs Growth Plan

The Irish Government is to launch a Mid-East Plan for Jobs as part of its €250million regional jobs strategy, it has been announced.

The plan aims to deliver 10-15% of employment growth in the region over the coming years.

If successfully implemented, it is understood approximately 25,000 extra jobs will be created in Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton will lead the strategy after the area experienced several difficult years following the economic crash, with 31,900 jobs lost between 2008-2011.

However, employment in the Mid-East has now returned to growth with 14,500 people working on the region over the last two years.

Key sectors targeted as part of the plan include high tech-manufacturing, agri-food, tourism, renewable energy, the equine industry and the film/creative content industry.

Minister Bruton said: "Jobs are growing right across the country, but they are growing faster in some regions than in others. That is why we have put in place the €250million regional jobs strategy, to support regions to play to their strengths and accelerate jobs growth in every area."

"I am convinced that with the right support from Government through the Mid East Plan, we can keep the recovery going and create jobs in towns and villages right across Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

"In this way we can deliver 25,000 extra jobs over the coming years."

(LM)

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