New jobs initiative for Dublin aims to create 66,000 roles

The Government has announced a new jobs plan for Dublin that aims to create 66,000 roles over the coming years.

The initiative is one in a series of regional plans published in recent months meant to boost employment levels across Ireland.

The strategy will see a concerted effort to increase the number of start-ups in the capital by 25 per cent as well as a doubling of foreign direct investment. It is also intended to encourage further spending on research and development and upskilling and to faciliate a rise in visitor numbers to Dublin. Plans to expand the audio-visual sector- both as a production location and as a pool for talent and enterprise – is also envisaged.

According to Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, some 90,000 jobs were lost in Dublin during the downturn. He said employment in the capital has returned to growth however since then with over 64,000 more people in work since the initial Action Plan for Jobs was announced in 2012.

“Dublin as the capital city and only city over 1 million population is a real driver of economic growth for Ireland. Getting the jobs market right in Dublin is crucial to our overall economic health as a country,” said Mr Bruton.

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