REGIONAL ACTION PLAN FOR JOBS IS LAUNCHED – MINISTER BRUTON EXPECTS 28,000 NEW JOBS OVER FIVE YEARS

4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Government agencies are continuing the search to find a new investor for the former Bose plant in Carrickmacross, which closed in May with the loss of 140 jobs.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD said both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland are using their offices to find a suitable replacement for the US-based company. He told the Northern Standard there had been some enquiries and he hoped that eventually the efforts of the agencies would be successful.

Mr Bruton was speaking during the launch of an action plan for jobs for Monaghan, Cavan and Louth (North East), along with three counties in the North West, Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. This is a blueprint for the creation over the next five years of 28,000 extra jobs in the two regions (a growth rate of 10%-15%). It involves various enterprise agencies, private companies and local authorities working together with educational establishments and tourism bodies to bring employment to the area.

The jobs blueprint with over 150 key actions has been criticised by the County Monaghan Anti-Pylon Campaign. The document says one of the ambitions is that the North/South electricity interconnector would be developed by 2019 “as a key piece of energy infrastructure which will enable job creation and economic development in the Border Region”.

Mr Bruton remarked on the success of the Monaghan firm Combilift which is exporting worldwide. He said there had been expansion in the dairy sector in the county and in the food industry. He also said the tourism sector had picked up and there was now an initiative to market “Ireland’s Ancient East” (although Monaghan has been included with the lakelands and waterways concept).

 

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