Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (118)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

118. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach if Cabinet committee A, economy, has met recently. [11936/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

Cabinet Committee A covers issues relating to the Economy, Jobs including Future Jobs Ireland, the Labour Market, Competitiveness, Productivity, Trade, and the Action Plan on Rural Development, the Digital Economy and Pensions. These issues are also regularly discussed at full Government meetings. The Cabinet Committee last met on the 12th November.

In recent months Cabinet Committee A and its associated Senior Officials Group has prioritised the preparation of Future Jobs Ireland, the Government's new economic plan to ensure we are well placed to meet future challenges facing the Irish economy. It is aimed at driving innovation; enhancing productivity; increasing labour market participation; skills and talent development; and the low carbon economy, and was launched on 10th March.

Future Jobs Ireland will position Ireland as a leading pioneer in technology adoption by investing, for example, in demonstrator sites such as in Cobotics, Augmented/Virtual reality (AR/VR), energy systems, and advanced materials. The Government also recognises that in a rapidly changing world there are people that risk getting left behind. Therefore, Future Jobs Ireland will develop Transition Teams to assist workers and sectors most challenged by our changing economy.

Along with this focus on embracing technological change, Future Jobs Ireland includes ambitious targets for each pillar to be achieved by 2025 including doubling our lifelong learning rate to 18%.

The Cabinet Committee and its Senior Officials Group will now oversee implementation of Future Jobs Ireland 2019.