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Government's Mid East Region Action Plan for Jobs 2016 - 2017

Posted by John Cunningham on January 11 2016 @ 11:00

The Government's Mid East Region Action Plan for Jobs was unveiled jointly today in Epicom by Jobs Minister, Richard Bruton, and Junior Minister Damien English.

The plan aims to create 25,000 new jobs in Meath, Kildare and Wicklow over the next few years.  The plan is the seventh of eight regional action palns for jobs for which the Government has set aside €250m. The Department of Jobs said key sectors targeted as part of the plan will include "high tech-manufacturing, agri-food, tourism, renewable energy, the equine industry and the film/creative content industry".

Attended by various guests from all three regions this plan will seek to build on the existing strengths and assets of each region to maximise enterprise growth and job creation.

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Helen McEntee, said agri-food and tourism are sectors that will see benefit from the initative and this is great news especially for the Boyne Valley Region while Deputy Regina Doherty said she is confident that the jobs plan will build on Meath's strengths and particularly welcomed the focus on tourism.

Gary O'Meara, Manager of Meath Enterprise Centre, said that the Boyne Valley Food Hub would be a major part of the Action Plan. The Hub, which will be driven by Meath Enterprise in conjunction with Meath County Council and in partnership with several key stakeholders, will be located on a 20 are site on the outskirts of Navan.

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