Fine Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the determination of the Government to introduce a jobs initiative in the Dáil before the summer.
Speaking today Deputy Buttimer said, “I very much welcome the statement of the Taoiseach today that a jobs initiative will be brought before the Dáil.
“The jobs initiative to be announced by the Minister for Finance is of extreme importance. It behoves us all to find solutions to end unemployment and emigration. I am heartened by the comments of the Taoiseach today that the jobs initiative will act as a stimulus to the economy, restore consumer confidence, provide hope and encouragement to employers and create real, lasting jobs.
“Despite persistent opposition efforts to undermine this vital initiative, people are not interested in word games. The 440,000 Irish people out of work, the people of Cork who have no jobs, who are struggling financially and can’t even make ends meet don’t care whether it is called a jobs budget or a jobs initiative. The people want a Government of action, a Government determined to make a difference, to create jobs and to provide a stimulus to the local economy.”
The Programme for Government includes measures to accelerate economic growth and job creation. These measures include the forthcoming Jobs Initiative which is to be announced within 100 days of the Government coming into office to bring a new focus on helping business develop new jobs and new markets. This is in addition to providing new opportunities for young workers to get experience in the work place.
“I look forward to playing a meaningful role in preparing for the jobs initiative and am confident that the Government will have strong and effective strategies to put Ireland back to work.”