Action Plan for Jobs 2014-MCGAHON

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed supports for young people in Action Plan for Jobs 2014

Fine Gael Local Election Candidate Philip O’Callaghan has welcomed the publication today of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, saying the focus on supporting young people is encouraging.

“Young people in business are a big focus in this Plan,” he said. “Earlier this month Minister Richard Bruton announced that new schemes are being introduced to support unemployed young people, including a new Entrepreneurship Fund aimed at start-ups by under 25’s and a Graduate Recruitment Programme. The Action Plan for Jobs 2014 further expands on such initiatives.”

There are a number of such positive incentives in the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 including:

• An entrepreneurship internship programme whereby a young person can shadow an entrepreneur

• A competitive Youth/Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund to complement the LEOs/

• An enhanced Student Enterprise Award Initiative targeting a greater number of students 

• An Entrepreneurial PhD Programme with a view to training more scientists in SFI 

• Facilitating links between the local youth work sector and the LEOs/Microfinance Ireland to 

• A new call under the Graduate for International Growth Programme

• Roll out for 2014 call for proposals for the ICT graduate skills conversion and Springboard 

• The implementations of a pilot Post Graduate Programme for Professional Practice to 

Microfinance Youth Programme from third level sector supported research teams assist those who are farthest from the labour market programmes provide opportunity for graduates to acquire cross disciplinary skills in STEM based sectors.

“This year’s Plan aims to build on the significant progress which has occurred in job-creation since the first Action Plan was launched, with more than 61,000 extra jobs added in the year to December 2013.”

Jobless figures drop by 3,455 in border region in last 12 months- MCGAHON

jobsFine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed the recent news from the live register that the unemployment rate has fallen for the 17th month in a row, to 12.5%.

“While this rate remains too high, these figures clearly show that the downward trend in unemployment figures is well established, as more people get back to work. Today’s results follow on from the very positive figures published last week, which show that an additional 58,000 people have joined the workforce over the last year. I would like to commend the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, for his tireless efforts in reshaping our economy”.

“The unemployment rate is falling in every region across the country. This is testament to the fact that small businesses are getting back on their feet and once again creating jobs. Jobs growth has been particularly strong in the agriculture and tourism sectors over the last year; two key areas which the Government identified as having a high potential for growth. Initiatives such as the lower VAT rate and the scrapping of the air travel tax are directly translating into new jobs”.

1,200 jobs created every week – McGahon

John McGahonFine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Tuesday)  welcomed the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which show that more than 1,200 new jobs are now being created every week.

“These are encouraging figures, and it shows that the Governments Action Plan for Jobs is working.The number of people in employment increased by 3.2% in the 12 months to the third quarter of this year. This is a significant jump from the 1.8% annual increase which had been recorded in the previous quarter. Employment has now grown for each of the last four quarters”.

“Furthermore, it is important to point out that these figures cannot be attributed to emigration, as they show that the number of people at work has increased by 58,000 over the last year. These are new, extra jobs in the Irish economy”.

“Dundalk and North Louth have been particularly lucky with the arrival of Ebay and PayPal. Indeed County Louth has received 10% of all Foreign Direct Investment that has flowed into Ireland over the last two years. For a border town like Dundalk, this is the type of support we need”.