Senator Michael D'Arcy, has today (Thursday 29th August) welcomed figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which show that employment has risen by 1.8% in the last year. Unemployment has dropped from a peak of 15.1% in February 2012 when the Action Plan for Jobs was launched to 13.7% now.
“These figures show that the Government’s plan to create favourable conditions for employment is working and that both home grown businesses and multinationals are putting their confidence in the Irish economy in the most meaningful way possible – by creating jobs.
“We got an insight yesterday with the comments of Brian Cowen into how the last government sleepwalked Ireland off an economic cliff. The loss of 250,000 private sector jobs in three short years is Fianna Fáil’s most damaging legacy.
“This Government made job creation its number one priority from day one, simply because it is vital to Ireland’s economic recovery. The Action Plan for Jobs is an integral part of our plan to build a new economy. We are very consciously moving away from the old, failed economy reliance on property, banking and debt to a new, sustainable economy based on enterprise, exports and innovation.
“Today’s figures reflect the progress that is being made in moving towards this new economy.
This progress includes:
“Many people are not yet feeling these changes and we have a long way to go, but it is encouraging to see that things are going in the right direction. The challenge now is to accelerate the transition by continuing to implement our plan – in the banking system, in the public finances and through the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work.”