Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (43)

Peadar Tóibín


39 Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he is taking to safeguard jobs at Spicer’s Bakery, Navan, County Meath. [4115/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

While I am informed that the company in question is not an enterprise development agency assisted company, I am most concerned to hear about these potential job losses in Navan. I fully appreciate the impact that job losses have on the employees concerned and their families, but also on the wider community.

This Government is fully committed to its role of facilitating employment creation. Since coming into office, we have been working hard to create the improved economic conditions which will support the maintenance of existing jobs and the creation of new ones. Our objective is to put the country back on the road to economic recovery and full employment. Both the Jobs Initiative, announced last May and Budget 2012 set out in December each set out measures that aim to return this country to growth, pay down our debt and focus our efforts on policies that facilitate job retention and expansion, as well as addressing unemployment.

Currently work on the Government's Action Plan for Jobs is nearing completion. This Plan, which I am taking the lead on, will set out a series of clear, actionable measures to support the creation and retention of jobs.

In relation to the town of concern to the Deputy, the Enterprise Development agencies under the aegis of my Department, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, together with Meath County Enterprise Board are committed to supporting enterprise development in the area and County Meath generally. I am confident that the measures outlined in the Action Plan for Jobs, together with the policies and initiatives being pursued by the State Development agencies and the Meath County Enterprise Board will continue to bring about employment and investment opportunities for Navan and County Meath generally.