Jobs plan will help get Clare back to work – Breen

February 13th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen has said that the Action Plan for Jobs launched by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, and the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, today (Monday) contains progressive measures that will help get Clare back to work.

“The Action Plan for Jobs will make it cheaper and easier to do business and to create jobs. It will support existing Irish businesses and new start-ups, while helping to attract inward investment from overseas. The Plan will set the environment to achieve the Taoiseach’s aim of having 100,000 more people working and making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business by 2016.

“The Plan changes the way Government interacts with business, by cutting costs and red tape. It contains 15 key actions to make it easier to do business and grow jobs. Under a key element of the plan, County Enterprise Boards will be replaced by a new One Stop Shop micro enterprise support structure. Through a new network of Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities, Enterprise Ireland will provide expert help to start-up businesses at a local level.

“We want to encourage firms in Clare to sell their products abroad in lucrative export markets. Enterprise Ireland will identify a wider group of potential exporting companies under a new Potential Exporters Division. The corporation tax exemption for start-ups will be extended to 2014, and a new Development Capital Scheme will help fund mid-sized indigenous companies with major growth potential. As Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee I am aware from my recent discussions with Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland that there are quite a number of Companies including a number from County Clare who are very anxious to grow and win export sales and certainly the introduction of this new Development Capital Scheme will have a major role to play in assisting these exporting companies.”

“Accessing credit remains a major challenge for many firms in Clare; this will be directly addressed by the Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme and the Micro Finance Fund, which will help businesses struggling to get loans. To help indigenous firms grow their business here public procurement will be made more accessible to SMEs and it will be easier for small businesses to win contracts with large multinationals. Funding will also be increased for mentoring and development programmes for SME managers.

“A range of initiatives will target sectors that have high potential for growth including manufacturing, life-sciences, cloud computing, digital gaming, agri-food and tourism. This sustainable model will consign the bubble-economics policies of the previous Government to history.

“This Plan is a working document and its targets will be closely monitored and updated on a quarterly basis. Every Government department must play its part. By restructuring the banks, reforming our employment and training services, establishing NewERA and introducing a more sustainable taxation system the Government has already taken the steps necessary to rebuild our broken economy. This Plan will build on this progress.

ENDS