Action Plan for Jobs will boost job creation and provide vital supports for businesses

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has stated that the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 will boost job creation and provide important supports to businesses in Dublin Fingal.


“When the Action Plan for Jobs was first launched in 2012, the Government aimed to create 100,000 jobs by 2016. We are now on track to deliver on this commitment over 12 months early. As this is the case, the Government has now set the even more ambitious target of delivering an additional 40,000 jobs by the end of this year and reaching full employment by 2018, two years ahead of schedule.


“Since 2012, over 1000 actions have been implemented by the Government to support job creation and assist people in getting back to work. The Action Plan for Jobs 2015 lays out a further 382 measures which will be implemented this year to further boost job creation in our domestic economy. Currently, over 750,000 businesses face an administrative burden in their interactions with the Government, this red tape burden will be cut, ICT will be fully utilised and outdated legislation will be revoked in order to make it easier to do business in Ireland.


“An increased focus will be placed on job creation in traditional employment sectors within the domestic economy, including retail and construction. A new Start-up Refunds for Entrepreneurs Scheme (SURE) tax incentive will be established to provide start-ups with the support they need. We will work towards increasing the number of ICT graduates by 60 percent by 2018 through a national talent drive, and measures will be introduced to improve competitiveness and productivity in business.


“SMEs are the biggest job creators in our economy and we must provide them with the assistance they need to grow and to become job creators in our local communities. The Action Plan for Jobs was first launched against a backdrop of emigration, job losses and a lack of credit for SMEs. Thankfully, the economic landscape has improved greatly, however much work remains to be done to ensure the positive impact of our economic recovery is felt in every home in Dublin Fingal.”