North West / North East Action Plan for jobs being launched today

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The plan also envisages a 30 to 40% increase in the number of IDA investments in the region, resulting in a minimum of 61 additional projects.A key target will be securing “second site” investments from companies who already have large scale existing operations in Dublin.Up to 500 new jobs will be created in the gaeltacht with support from Udaras na Gaeltachta, and two Regional Skills Forums will be created, along with a Regional Innovation Forum.Initiatives are planned in the food and tourism sectors, as well as a possible Renewable Energy Innovation Centre at Killybegs.The plan also envisages a rewnewed focus on Cross-border initiatives. Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Minister’s statement in full -Since the national Action Plan for Jobs was launched in early 2012 morethan 20,000 extra people are at work in the North East/North West (12%growth). During the years 2008-2011, 31,600 jobs were lost in the region.The plan launched today targets employment growth of 10-15% over and abovetoday’s employment levels.The North East/North West Plan covers counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim,Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. Key sectors targeted as part of the plan includetraditionally strong sectors for the region like agri-food,manufacturing/engineering and tourism, as well as areas targeted for futuregrowth like digital payments, cleantech and creative services. Among the152 actions in the plan to be delivered over the period 2015-2017 include:·    Achieve an increase of at least 25% in the number of start-ups in theregion, and a 25% improvement in the survival rate of new businesses.·    Increase the number of IDA investments in the region by 30-40% up to2019. This will result in a minimum of 61 additional projects for theNorth East/North West region by 2019. As part of this, IDA isdelivering a range of property solutions including advance facilitiesin Letterkenny, Sligo and Dundalk.·    IDA will develop a value proposition for the North East/ North Westaimed at securing potential “second site” investments from companieswith large scale existing operations in Dublin.·    The Local Enterprise Offices will disburse over €2.2million in grantfunding, and provide training and mentoring support to over 1500business-people per year·    Create 300-500 extra jobs in Gaeltacht regions, supported by Udarás·    Establish two Regional Skills Forums to ensure the flow of criticalskills to enterprises in the region·    A Regional Innovation Forum for the North East/North West region tohelp support more companies to innovate and engage in R&D·    Manufacturing sector – new training programmes in precisionengineering toolmaking; new Enterprise Ireland initiatives to supportmanufacturing companies to scale and export; pursue the establishmenta Centre of Excellence for Toolmaking and Design·    Food sector – new regional food innovation programmes, increase innumber of participants on Food Academy Programme, extra food hubs inthe region building on the successful projects already in place·    Tourism sector – a new Shannon-Erne Blueway, further development ofinitiatives around the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East·    Cleantech – explore the potential for a Renewable Energy InnovationCentre at Killybegs·    Digital Payments – IDA and Enterprise Ireland to work with industryto progress a Digital Payments Cluster along the M1 corridor·    Cross-border initiatives – develop new cross-border initiatives,including initiatives to increase drawdown of research and innovationfunding`(targeted €16millon to benefit 1400 businesses), greater useof the border as an opportunity for companies to gain their firstfoothold in export markets.·    Implementation – a comprehensive implementation structure is beingestablished to ensure delivery of the planThe levels of employment growth actually achieved within that range willdepend on factors including the level of support and collaboration withinthe local community for the Plan, and the level of collaboration betweenorganisations in the region and the main Government bodies involved in theplan. Minister Bruton believes that based on all the evidence and thestrong buy-in for the process up to this point it is realistic to target28,000 additional jobs in the region by 2020.Minister Bruton said: “Jobs are growing right across the country, but theyare growing faster in some regions than in others. That is why we have putin place the €250million regional jobs strategy, to support regions to playto their strengths and accelerate jobs growth in every area.“The North East/North West is a region which had historic problems withunemployment, but over recent years thanks to the ingenuity of its workersand businesses it has performed extremely strongly. Since we launched thenational Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012 over 20,000 extra people are atwork in the region, making it the third fastest growing region in thecountry in employment terms. Jobs are growing particularly rapidly inexporting companies supported by my Department. However we can do more, andthat is why we are putting in place this highly ambitious plan todramatically accelerate job-creation in the region.“I am convinced that with the right support from Government through theNorth East/North West Plan, and by continuing the collaborative approachright across the region, we can deliver 28,000 extra jobs over the comingyears. This would be 28,000 extra pay packets coming into communities and25,000 lives back on track – a goal well worth fighting for”.Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cavan/Monaghan TD HeatherHumphreys said: “Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in 2012,unemployment levels in Cavan and Monaghan have dropped by about 30%. Thisnew, targeted regional Action Plan will help to further drive job creationacross the border region with a focus on boosting start-ups, increasing thelevel of IDA investment and providing better supports for local businesses.This plan will help to ensure that the economic recovery is felt rightacross this region as more and more people get back to work.”Minister of State for Business and Employment and Louth/East Meath TD GedNash said: “There is no doubt that this region suffered badly in theeconomic crash, with unemployment rising to 16.6%.  However, due to thestrength of this region’s enterprise base and the hard work of its people,it has delivered one of the strongest performances in the country in termsof jobs growth, with employment rising by 12% since the Government’s ActionPlan for Jobs initiative was launched in 2012.”“Now we need to build on the recovery and this turnaround in economicfortunes to ensure there is further jobs growth and opportunities.  I amparticularly pleased to see the Digital Payments Cluster along the M1Corridor included in this Action Plan, building on the success of companiessuch as PayPal, eBay, State Street, Vesta and Yapstone already establishedto act as a magnet to other indigenous and FDI companies in this sector.” Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Facebook Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increaselast_img