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Major jobs plan for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon unveiled

Words: Roger Milne

A jobs plan for the west of the country, which aims to deliver 25,000 extra jobs for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, has been published by the government.

The West Action Plan for Jobs is expected to deliver up to 15 per cent employment growth over a four-year period.

The ambitious strategy includes almost 200 different proposals - from traineeships to IDA* investments - all designed to boost confidence and job creation in the region.

For food companies, there is the planned creation of a “food innovation hub” to help producers expand their operations.

The number of IDA investments in the area will increase by between 30 per cent and 40p per cent up to 2019 while the IDA will also build facilities in Castlebar and Galway.

The jobs plan also aims to boost jobs in tourism, develop marine research and boost the ocean energy industry, as well as increase employment in the arts. Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisted that the plan set out a clear pathway to unlock the potential of the region. “No single agency can bring jobs to a region - this takes collaboration and that is at the heart of this plan,” he added.

* IDA Ireland promotes and develops foreign direct investment in Ireland.