“Between the first launch of the Action Plan for Jobs and today, they the economic landscape has changed. Our relentless focus on job creation on the economy has brought about success. We are creating jobs and Ireland is the fastest growing economy in Europe.
The Action Plan for Jobs 2015 was launched this morning by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD. This is the next step in the multi-annual process which is working towards delivering full employment by 2018, two years ahead of schedule.
However this year the plan is focused on spreading the recovery to all regions of the country and on building on the potential of local areas. The Regional Enterprise Strategy will be rolled out shortly across the country. This strategy will include competitive funding initiatives of up to €25 million to promote innovative collaborations to support entrepreneurial activities, exploiting our regional advantage and promoting the required economic infrastructure to attract investment.
You can see this most obvious in tourism, where a number of regional strategies are set to come into place. We aim to attract 7.7 million oversee visitors to Ireland in 2015 as we work towards bringing employment in the Tourism sector to 250,000.
There will also be an increased focus on job creation in the domestic economy. These include measures to support the retail and construction sectors and to position Ireland at the forefront of innovation in energy related research, which is key as we move closer to 2020.