Dáil debates

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

3:00 pm

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)

Deputy Ó Caoláin can shake his head but he knows I am serious about this. Jobs are every Minister’s priority and that of the 36 State agencies involved.

It has started already with arrangements made for the first meeting of the implementation group. As I said yesterday at the plan’s launch, we will have our Succeed in Ireland campaign launched before St. Patrick’s Day. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, has begun to establish the exporters’ section in Enterprise Ireland.

When Deputy Adams claims there is no new money in this plan, he should understand we have outlined from where the funding within the plan will come. The big difference is that this plan is focused on exports. A 1% increase in exports is worth €1.5 billion. Exports are where it has to be.

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