Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (301)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

301. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the launch date and location of each refreshed regional action plan for jobs that will be launched in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5113/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

In April 2018, I asked all the Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committees to start a process to refresh and refocus all Regional Plans to ensure their relevance and impact out to 2020.

The refresh and refocus of the Plans will ensure that they remain effective and that they continue to deliver jobs across the country, in every region, and can be robust to address the challenges we face, including Brexit.

The outcomes of this refresh are nine new Regional Enterprise Plans that are focused on a smaller number of Strategic Objectives with time-bound actions to 2020.

The Strategic Objectives and actions in each Plan are set out alongside the Enterprise Agencies’ (EI, IDA, LEOs) core activities. So, the Plans add value to what the Agencies are doing on the ground, through collaborative actions.

As a ‘bottom-up’ initiative, the Plans complement national level policies and programmes emanating from the ‘top-down’ and there is strong alignment with Ireland’s national enterprise policy, Enterprise 2025 Renewed and the forthcoming Future Jobs Ireland initiative.

These are two-year focused plans which are ‘live’ documents so new initiatives can be taken on during their operation by the regional stakeholders working together.

I intend to launch the Plans at nine separate regional events over the coming weeks, in the following locations:

Region

Date

Venue

Midlands

6th February

Mountmellick, Laois

Mid-East

7th February

Naas, Kildare

West

11th February

Galway City, Galway

Dublin

13th February

Dublin City, Dublin

Mid-West

20th February

Lisheen, Tipperary

North-West

25th February

Leitrim

North-East

25th February

Cavan

South-West

1st March

Skibbereen, Cork

South-East

22nd March

WIT, Waterford