96% of measures delivered under Action Plan for Jobs Fifth Progress Report – Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Jobs

26th April, 2013

144 out of 150 measures scheduled in the Action
Plan for Jobs to be delivered in the first quarter of 2013 have been
implemented, the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise
and Innovation announced today [Friday] as they published the Action Plan for
Jobs Fifth Progress Report.

Measures delivered include:

Implemented range
of measures to deliver an additional 2,000 ICT graduates over the next year. The
changes made aim to deliver an additional 700 additional employment permits in
the ICT sector and an additional 1300 graduates from industry-led programmes, as
well as a 33% decrease in processing time for permits. International research
has shown that for every high-tech job created, a further 4 to 5 jobs are
created elsewhere in the economy

Published and commenced
implementing the Government’s plan to deliver an additional 20,000 manufacturing
jobs by 2016

Approved a Government investment of €200million
in seven world-class SFI research centres, in partnership with €100million
industry investment

Implemented the 10 Point Tax Plan for the
Small and Medium Enterprise Sector as announced in Budget 2013

A €1million initial investment in an industry-led technology centre
in Big Data, a sector growing at 40% per annum which provides particular job
opportunities for Ireland

Provided support for,
via the National Pensions Reserve Fund, the delivery of a range of Funds
totalling €850million aimed at providing credit for SMEs

The Taoiseach said:

“In response to the largest
unemployment crisis ever faced by this State, the Government established a
rolling multi-annual Action Plan for Jobs to get Ireland working again.  Today’s
progress report confirms that Government is delivering on its commitments to
date, leading to real progress on our task of transforming the economy from one
based on property speculation to one based on enterprise, exports and
innovation.  These plans are beginning to make a real impact with the creation
of 1,000 new private sector jobs a month.  However, although this is movement in
the right direction, there is much more to be done and we will continue to
accelerate job creation measures in our Action Plan.”

The Tánaiste said:

“Trade promotion and assisting
indigenous business to trade is another area of activity vital to our recovery.
I was pleased to launch, with Minister Bruton, the 2013 programme of
Ministerial events targeting trade and investment for Ireland.  

“Earlier this month I led a successful trade mission
to Turkey where we made important progress in developing new markets for Irish
business and, with over 30 million in contracts signed, helped to create and
support jobs in Ireland”.

Minister Bruton said:

“We are starting to see real progress with
our plan to rebuild the economy after 250,000 jobs were lost during the last
three years of the previous Government due to the collapse of their economic
model based on property, banking and debt. We know that many people have yet to
feel the effects of this progress, and that many people are really struggling.

“Over the past 15
months an additional 15,000 jobs have been created in the private sector. Irish
and multinational exporting companies had record years in 2012, with major jobs
announcements by companies like PayPal and Kerry Group, and our exports have hit
levels 16% above the pre-2008 high.

“Today’s announcement shows that the progress is continuing. Jobs
will remain our top priority, and we will continue to implement the changes
necessary to rebuild the economy. We will continue to deliver on our plan and
accelerate the transition to a sustainable, economy based on exports, innovation
and enterprise that can provide the jobs that we so badly need”.

Further measures delivered

Approved the creation of an Energy Efficiency
Fund to support innovative energy efficiency in the public and commercial

Continued to roll out the Pathways to Work
initiative including the integrated Intreo service, and published of quarterly
targets by which to measure progress.

·        Encouraged
and reported on restraint exercised in setting commercial rates for 2013 by
Local Authorities. 87 out of the 88 rating authorities have either reduced their
ARV or kept it the same as in 2012. The average nationwide decrease is 0.34%.
This follows similar decreases of 0.31% in 2012, 0.64% in 2011 and 0.62% in

Led an intensive schedule of international
visits and events targeting trade and investment for Ireland. As part of the St.
Patrick’s Day “Promote Ireland” programme 19 Government Ministers, including the
Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister Bruton, travelled to 21 countries, took part in
a total of over 150 business-related events and 30 high-level political
meetings. Other missions included the Tánaiste’s trade mission of 24 companies
to Turkey and Minister Bruton’s trade mission of 40 Irish companies to

The complete
Progress Report can be found at the following link: