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.”

Bad weather won’t deter McGahon’s campaign team

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On Saturday last, Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon and his campaign team braved the wind and rain as they leafleted and canvassed Dundalk throughout Saturday.


John said “Its great to have the support of so many of my friends who knocked on doors all day despite the weather. I firmly believe that politics in Dundalk and North Louth needs new blood. I have been knocking on doors for six weeks now and the reception has been very positive. People want to see new faces and fresh ideas, especially at local level. We have a very strong Fine Gael team between myself, Colin Goss and Cllr.Martin Murnaghan”.

With just under 95 days until polling day, John said “I have a strong commitment to my native town of Dundalk and North Louth and I want to contribute to it’s promising future by playing my part as a local representative”.

McGahon Open’s New Constituency Office

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Friday) opened his very own constituency office in the heart of Dundalk. It is based beside Dundalk Men’s Shed in Seatown, and will be open to the public every Friday from 11am-2pm.

John said “Since last year I have been working very hard for the people of Dundalk and North Louth, now by having an office, it ensures I am even more accessible to the people I hope to represent.

The office has a strong tradition for John’s family, his uncle, former Louth TD, Brendan McGahon used it as his own constituency office for many years.

My office will be there for everyone, regardless of political persuasion. I have always believed the role of a local representative should be to serve the people, and that’s exactly what I intend to do with this office.

 John McGahon at his Dundalk Constituency) Office

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”.

A word from John.

I stand for honesty, integrity and consistency in public life. My family have shown me that the role of a public representative requires hard work, dedication and a commitment towards our town and county, these are values I want to bring forward as a candidate.

My decision to seek election to Louth County Council is born from a strong desire to serve our community. I have seen at first hand, how politics can have a positive impact on people’s lives. No issue can be considered small or insignificant for it may very well be life changing to the individual, family or community it concerns. I have a strong commitment to my native town of Dundalk and North Louth and I want to contribute to its promising future by becoming your local representative.

If you would like to become involved with my candidacy for Louth County Council, you can send me an email on McGahon2014@gmail.com. Equally be sure to keep up to date with me on Twitter and Facebook.

Politics is a way to help people

ImageThe newly selected Fine Gael contender for election in 2014, john McGahon, has pledged to “use politics to make a positive contribution to people’s lives”

John McGahon was selected last week as the Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford along with sitting councillor, Martin Murnaghan. John, aged 23, is a nephew of former Fine Gael TD Brendan McGahon. Speaking after the result, he told The Argus “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected. It means a lot when you put yourself in front of members and they place their trust in your ability. It is a huge honor and a privilege to be selected.”

John spoke of his family’s long involvement in politics. “My family have taught me the importance of honesty, integrity and consistency in public life and I hope to bring those lessons into this campaign. I believe the role of a public representative requires hard work, dedication and a commitment to our town and county”

Mr.McGahon added “Over the next seven months I will be working hard to ensure we win two seats next May. We have a great team here and I want to make sure we have maximum success. The reason I am getting into the race is quite simple. I see politics as a genuine way to help people.”