Monday, 11th January 2016

Anthony Lawlor, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, has said that Maynooth University and Kildare County Council will play a pivotal role in creating local jobs in the coming years. Speaking today (Monday) at the Launch of the Action Plan for Jobs 2016-2017 he compliments Minister Richard Bruton and the Department of Enterprise on recognising the excellent role which these local bodies can play in creating local jobs.

“I am delighted that NUI Maynooth has been identified as a world class university with the ability to create, support and promote jobs throughout Kildare. In today’s Action Plan for Job, the university has been tasked with a myriad of actions ranging from running a Student Enterprise Challenge; developing and marketing innovation in the region; to running workshops.

Likewise, Kildare County Council will be integral in supporting the creation of local jobs by, among other actions, supporting SMEs and enterprises; carrying out an essential audit of business/enterprise/industrial parks; and operating a Shopfront/Town Centre Improvement Scheme.

The Action Plan for Jobs has also recognised the important role which tourism in Kildare can play in creating jobs. Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland will roll out an international advertising campaign focusing on Ireland’s Ancient East locations such as Castletown House in Celbridge. Kildare County Council are also being asked to investigate the feasibility of key tourism opportunities such as the Arthur’s Way, the Dublin – Galway Greenway and to develop the cycle/pedestian path from Dublin to Athlone via Kildare. I also welcome the particular focus on enhancing and developing the region’s strengths in the Equine and Sport Horse Industry in this plan.

“The aim of the national Action Plan for Jobs is to help enterprises to create employment in all regions of the country. Over 135,000 jobs have been added to the economy since its launch in February 2012. The Government has committed up to €250 million in funding over the next five years to support the Regional Action Plans. I am confident that the mid east regional Action Plan for Jobs will deliver the 25,000 jobs promised for Co. Kildare.”