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Government launches Action Plan for Jobs 2016

The Government today launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2016 aimed at creating 200,000 extra jobs by 2020.

The plan is the first in a new phase for the Action Plan for Jobs after the original target of 100,000 jobs by 2016 was met last year. The plan outlines 304 actions which will be implemented by 16 departments and over 60 agencies to bring the number of people at work to 2.18million by 2020.

Speaking at the launch at Kerry Group Global Technology and Innovation Centre in Naas, Co. Kildare, the Taoiseach said:

"The 2016 Action Plan is another important stepping stone that sets out new actions to help businesses grow and create 50,000 new jobs right across the country next year."

The Tánaiste said:

“The Government will continue to stand up for more jobs and opportunities for our people, through the Action Plan for Jobs 2016 and the Pathways to Work strategy in my Department. By continuing to provide stable, balanced government we can maintain the progress and meet the targets laid out in this plan.”

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton TD said:

“Our plan is working. Since the first Action Plan was launched more than 135,000 extra people are at work, hitting our target 21 months ahead of schedule. Now it is time to move on to the next phase, to lift our ambitions and to use this structure to deliver on higher targets.”

 The 2016 Action Plan for Jobs is available at:

The 2016 list of actions document is available at: