The jobs minister has defended the government’s new jobs plan for the southwest region and has denied it is too little, too late.
The government today announced a plan to create 40,000 jobs in counties Cork and Kerry over the next five years. The €250m South West Action Plan for Jobs promises to achieve significant growth in the agri-food, tourism, manufacturing and ICT sectors in the region in the coming years.
Minister Richard Bruton says the programme is a new dimension to existing plans.
He denies it is too little, too late or represents a two-tier recovery:
Meanwhile, Minister Bruton denied that the government is using the so-called parliamentary guillotine to ram legislation like water charges laws through the Oireachtas.
He accused the Opposition of filibustering and says there has been plenty of time devoted to debating water charges: