Government to announce plan for 40,000 new jobs in southwest region

The government will this morning announce a plan to create 40,000 jobs in counties Cork and Kerry over the next five years. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton The €250m South West Action Plan for Jobs is the second of eight regional jobs plans to be proposed by the coalition as part of its overall job creation strategy. Priority areas in the plan for Cork and Kerry include agri-food, tourism, manufacturing, ICT and the green economy. Over the next two years, the government is aiming to increase the number of start-ups by 40%, achieve a one third increase in overseas visitors to the region and an increase of 40% in output in the agri-food sector. Ministers Richard Bruton, Simon Coveney and Sean Sherlock will make the announcement later today. The announcement has been welcomed this morning by Deputy Arthur Spring who says the plan will unlock Kerry’s economic potential.