The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys has today launched Enterprise 2025 Renewed and the Action Plan for Jobs 2018 at Monaghan Mushrooms, which employs over 500 people at its North East operation.
The Action Plan for Jobs 2018 is the 7th cross-Government annual plan to support job creation, while Enterprise 2025 Renewed is a review of Ireland’s longer term enterprise strategy.
It is the Government’s ambition to ensure that another 100,000 jobs are created by the end of 2020. According to the Minister, there are over 2.2 million people at work, the unemployment rate stands at 6% and indigenous exports have reached over €21.6 billion. She claims that it is her determination that no region will have an unemployment rate above 1 percentage point of the national average by 2020.
To date, the Action Plan for Jobs has supported the creation of nearly 313,000 jobs. The Government aims to support the creation of 50,000 more jobs in 2018. Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen T.D. said many of these jobs would be created by small and medium sized companies (SMEs).