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Regional job plans to boost employment prospects

Words: Roger Milne
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The government has announced details of its five-year, €250 million strategy aimed at accelerating the jobs recovery in every part of the country.

Central to the strategy will be eight regional action plans, drawn up by local authorities enterprise agencies, educational institutions, business and community groups.

An Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland official in each region will be assigned to each plan.

The first will be published in the coming weeks for the Midlands, with six plans published by July and all eight in place by the autumn.

As part of the strategy, IDA Ireland will roll out a five-year €150 million capital investment programme to help attract more multinational jobs into each region. 

This programme will build on the recent investment by IDA in facilities in Athlone and Waterford, and will include investments over the coming years in building advance manufacturing and office facilities in Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford.

The IDA initiative will include provision of so-called utility-intensive greenfield sites designed to meet the needs of large-scale, capital-intensive manufacturers. Also in the pipeline will be a number of business and technology parks masterplanned to deliver landscaped sites and a campus environment.