HOME | |

Taoiseach launches new economic plan, saying 2014 is 'year of jobs'

VIDEO: Adjustment target remains €2 billion, but speculation it could be less

newstalk.ie image
Author image
Páraic Gallagher
16:28 Tuesday 17 December 2013

The Taoiseach says 2014 will be the year of jobs as the coalition plans to restore employment to Celtic Tiger levels of more than 2.1 million by 2020.

A new post-bailout economic plan has been unveiled that promises no income tax hikes between now and the end of the decade.

The plan says austerity will end in 2015 but "budgetary rigours" must be maintained.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan says the adjustment target for 2015 remains at €2 billion but there is some material around suggesting it could be less.

Enda Kenny says anything that can be done will be done to help our recovery in the labour market. The government has launched its new medium term economic strategy, "A Strategy for Growth".

The plan begins next year and will see policies up to 2020.

And Enda Kenny says while tough choices remain this is a plan for growth and jobs.

But the opposition is criticising the plan.

Michael McGrath of Fianna Fáil says it offers nothing to struggling homeowners or small and medium enterprises.

While Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty says the track-record of the government on economic plans is not good.

Read the full document here 

comments powered by Disqus
  • newstalk.ie image

    This is why Rory McIlroy refused to sign a child's autograph...

    newstalk.ie image

    Mick Wallace 'looked for evidence' of firearms on US...

    newstalk.ie image

    British experts to examine black boxes from flight MH17

    newstalk.ie image

    Pregnant woman and child among airstrike dead in Gaza

    newstalk.ie image

    BBC journalist assaulted live on air near Gaza

    newstalk.ie image

    Obama pushes for ceasefire, as Ireland pledges €500,000 to Gaza

    newstalk.ie image

    Ivor Callely's lawyers ask that he be spared jail time

    newstalk.ie image

    Televised Gaza debate ends in guest bust-up

    newstalk.ie image

    Why did this Irish man bet his friend he could give up sex for a...

    newstalk.ie image

    What the Dublin players did would bring a tear to a glass eye

  • newstalk.ie image

    Ivor Callely's lawyers ask that he be spared jail time

    newstalk.ie image

    British experts to examine black boxes from flight MH17

    newstalk.ie image

    BBC journalist assaulted live on air near Gaza

    newstalk.ie image

    Is the Idea of Talent a Myth?

    newstalk.ie image

    Facebook has added bookmarking feature

    newstalk.ie image

    Was this the most pointless taxi journey ever?

    newstalk.ie image

    Pregnant woman arrested after ‘posing on Facebook in stolen...

    newstalk.ie image

    1,000 new additions to Chambers Dictionary include 'totes...

    newstalk.ie image

    Pregnant woman and child among airstrike dead in Gaza

    newstalk.ie image

    14-year-old X-Factor contestant hailed as the 'new Adele'