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Jobs plan unveiled for Ireland’s Midlands

Words: Roger Milne

A government plan to provide 14,000 jobs for the Midlands region aims to attract at least 25 additional multinational investment projects to the area by 2019.

Extra funding is also to be put in place for start-ups and the IDA is to appoint a regional manager for the area.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled the strategy this week, saying that there would be similar proposals for other parts of the country in the coming months.

The plan is one of eight targeting specific regions around Ireland which will see €250 million made available to the regions over the next eight years.

The plan targets Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath and will focus on key sectors including manufacturing, tourism, food and energy.

Part of the strategy will involve building two advance facilities for Athlone.

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