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Regional workshop plots way forward on job creation

The Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Mary Mitchell O’Connor has met with the Mid West Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee to discuss the future of the plan to deliver more jobs for the entire region. A half-day workshop has taken place in Limerick with representatives of the state’s development agencies (IDA and Enterprise Ireland), local authorities (Clare County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Tipperary County Council), Education Bodies (Limerick Clare ETB, LIT, MIC, UL), the Limerick and Shannon Chambers of Commerce, and industry representatives from the Manufacturing, IT, Financial Services, Agrifood and Tourism sectors all taking part. The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is an initiative where government and industry collaborate to improve the environment for enterprise to grow, and jobs to be created. The purpose of the half-day workshop was to review achievements to date and to explore options for future initiatives. Chairperson of the Implementation Committee Barry O’Sullivan from Johnson & Johnson outlined that the …

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A SURE thing for creating jobs

THE new Government scheme to encourage entrepreneurs to set up new businesses has been given a broad welcome by Shannon Chamber. The SURE scheme, which aims to encourage people in PAYE employment, unemployed people and retired people to start their own business, will operate as a refund of income tax paid by the person starting the business in the six years prior to the business being started. All income tax paid in those six years can be claimed as a refund under the scheme, subject to anoverall limit of 41% of the total investment in the business. Acknowledging that Ireland has an entrepreneurial spirit, Shannon Chamber chief executive, Helen Downes said, “We cannot underestimate the value of investing in new start-ups. There are so many talented people in this country and we need to retain them not train them for export. Initiatives of this nature, and the ideas that flowed from the recent Action Plan for Jobs stakeholder forum, all …

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Unemployment levels continue to drop

The live register has fallen for the 32nd consecutive month and in Clare, there has been a drop of 20.74% in the number of people signing on since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. This improvement comes along with a national drop of almost 20% in the number of youth unemployed.  

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Further fall in Live Register figures

The latest Live Register figures, show a continuing fall in the numbers of people signing on, marking 39 consecutive months of decrease. Annual decreases in Live Register figures occurred in all eight regions, with the fastest decrease occurring in the Mid-West region. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton welcomed the fact that the figures show signs that the positive trends are accelerating. On a seasonally adjusted basis, 4,300 people left the live register in February. The standardised unemployment rate is at 10.1%, down 0.2% in the month, and down from a high of 15.1% in February 2012, when the Government launched and started implementing the Action Plan for Jobs. The figures also show that, in gross terms, 141,151 people left the Live Register to take up work during the last 12 months. This means that the exit rate from the Live Register into work is running at 40% – up from 33% in 2012. Minister Bruton said, …

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Unemployment rate on downward trend

The latest Live Register figures show a continuing reduction in unemployment. There were 358,672 people on the Register in January 2015, a decrease of 40,958, or 10.2%, compared with the same month last year. The unemployment rate now stands at 10.5%, down from a crisis peak of 15.1% but over €i billion is to be invested in a number of measures ensure the downward trend continues. The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, has made clear that the Government’s target is to reduce unemployment to below 10% by the end of 2015, and with this in mind, the following is a short but not exhaustive list of some of the key measures the Department of Social Protection is taking as part of the Pathways to Work and Action Plan for Jobs strategies to speed up the progress on the employment front and help jobseekers return to work. The Action Plan for Jobs, overseen by the Department of Jobs, …

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Action plan for jobs on target

The Government is well on target with its Action Plan for Jobs strategy, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “We are on course to exceed our initial target of 100,000 new jobs by the end of next year, he said at Shannon Chamber’s annual president’s lunch in Dromoland Castle today (Monday). Another jobs announcement today in Ennis shows that new jobs are being created across the country and not just in Dublin. The recent budget was designed to secure recovery further – promoting new jobs and investment in the regions, working across the economy and across the country with businesses like those represented here today. I am confident that the growing recovery of Ireland’s economy will have a positive impact on the Shannon Region.” Welcoming the Government’s support for Shannon, particularly the decision to enable Shannon Airport operate as an independent entity, as part of the recently established Shannon Group, Chamber president, Kevin Thompstone said that the risk of doing so is …

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