Sligo to benefit under major regional employment drive.
Sligo News File Online.
Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin today welcomed the rollout of the government’s Regional Action Plan for Jobs. The new, five year, €250million investment, aimed at accelerating jobs recovery in every part of the country, was launched by ther Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.
Deputy McLoughlin said that with the creation of 80,000 jobs and economic recovery well underway, the investment contained in the Action Plan for Jobs – Regional “will help generate jobs in all parts of the country including County Sligo.”
Employment, he said, is growing in every region but extra resources are needed to accelerate job creation in regional areas “and that is what the Action Plan for Jobs – Regional is about.
“Eight regions will develop a strategy setting out lists of actions with timelines and responsibility allocated, and then monitoring implementation. A regional team will be established to meet with stakeholders, identify the strengths of a region and to finalise actions. The first plan will be published in the coming weeks for the
Midlands, with six plans published by July and all eight in place by the autumn.
“IDA Ireland will roll out a 5-year €150 million capital investment programme to help attract more multinational jobs into each region. I am confident that this will provide a huge benefit to Co. Sligo and its environs.
“Just this week I spoke with Minister Bruton about the issue of Jobs in Co. Sligo, and I have received assurances from him that he will visit Sligo in the coming weeks to meet with the Sligo Chamber of Commerce, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to discuss today’s development.
“The Action Plan for Jobs – Regional is based on the principle that the best way to support job-creation in towns and villages across the country is to support agencies and organisations within each region to build on the particular strengths and assets of their area and drive new job-creation strategies and projects.
“To support and encourage regional stakeholders in working together, up to €100 million in Enterprise Ireland funding will be made available over 5 years through a series of competitive calls. The first tranche of €50 million will be made available
from 2015. Funding under these programmes will be allocated on a competitive basis, with most funds awarded to regional projects offering the best prospects for job-creation.
“Our economic recovery is well underway, with Dublin and other cities recording particularly strong growth in job creation. We now want to spread that jobs recovery to every region and every community. Small, local businesses are growing and benefitting from investment, and investment such as that announced today will ensure this continues.”