A jobs plan for Dublin was launched today by the Irish government, aimed at creating 66,000 extra jobs (a 10-15 percent increase) by 2020.

The plan focuses around the technology, financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, tourism, creative industries and retail.
Some of the initiatives include:

  • Setting up ‘StartUpSpaceDublin’ which will increase the number of businesses starting up and surviving by 25%.
  • Establishing a new Technological University of Dublin.
  • Making Dublin an exemplar of an international ‘smart city’. by using new technologies which use big data and the internet to improve city life, part of which will involve promoting Dublin as a “city of villages” and “a great place to live and work”.
  • Expanding the audio-visual, both as a production and a pool for talent and enterprise.

“Dublin as the capital city and only city over one million population is a real driver of economic growth for Ireland,” Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said. “Getting the jobs market right in Dublin is crucial to our overall economic health as a country. The city suffered badly during the crash, with 90,000 jobs lost, but we have made up major ground since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs, with 64,000 extra jobs created and around half of that growth coming in the exporting companies which my Department supports.”

Launching the plan, Tánaiste Joan Burton said the capital city has a “key role to play” in driving Ireland’s economic growth.

“It has a dynamic energy and diversity that has enabled it to punch above its weight in an international context, yet we know that the region faces its own challenges.

“So it’s essential that we respond to those challenges in a way that continues  to drive up employment and opportunities across the Dublin region – and that’s precisely what this Plan will do.”

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