Govt’s Enterprise 2025 plan will work for Carlow – Deering

16th November, 2015

“The Government’s Enterprise 2025 strategy will prioritise job creation in all regions and we can make this plan work for Carlow,” says Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Pat Deering.

“The Enterprise 2025 strategy announced this week by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, targets the addition of 221,300 jobs to the economy over the next 5 years, which is an interim five year goal as part of the overall strategy.

“The Government has been working hard to keep the economic recovery going and a huge part of this has been a focus on job creation. Recent CSO figures for October show that the Live Register has dropped by 21.42% in Carlow (6,854 – 5,386) since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.

“This 10 year jobs and enterprise strategy is aimed at ending the boom and bust cycle implemented again and again by Fianna Fáil, and to bring the number of people at work to 2.18 million people by 2020.

“We want to get Ireland back to being the lean export oriented economy we had in the late 90s. During the Fianna Fáil construction-led boom that followed, exporting companies accounted for only 19% of jobs. The export sector will create 47% (105,000) of the new jobs created by the Enterprise 2020 strategy. These include jobs in tourism which is great news for Carlow as we have a lot to offer visitors.

“The plan has an important goal to ensure that by 2020, unemployment in each region is within one percent of the State average. This will ensure that no region is left behind as the economic recovery continues. The South-East Regional Action Plan for Jobs sets out a specific path for creating 25,000 new jobs by 2018.

“After four years in opposition Fianna Fáil has yet to come up with even one job creation policy.

“If re-elected this Government has a plan to replace all of the jobs lost in the crash, to ensure continued economic growth, and to provide better services so that everyone can enjoy a better quality of life.”