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Speech by the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D., Suceed in Ireland Jobs Announcement Connect Ireland Offices, St. Stephen’s Green Friday, 19 July, 2013


Good Morning Everyone,

It is a pleasure to be here this morning to announce the creation of 75 jobs by three innovative multinational companies, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.

Importantly, these jobs are being created in regional locations around Ireland, and are a big boost for these local communities.

10, 15, 50 jobs go a long way to improving confidence in these towns. Therefore it is a good day for Longford Town, Kinvara and Portarlington.

We want more towns to win more jobs. That is our focus.

We are working tirelessly to get Ireland working again and just yesterday we held a special cabinet meeting to advance new proposals to create and support Irish jobs.

We have updated our Pathways to Work strategy which outlined a 50 point plan to fight back against long term unemployment.

This 50 point action plan represents a big step in the right direction in the State's fight against long term unemployment.

It will bring a new level of coordination and focus to State services to provide for the needs and long term benefit of jobseekers.

Following this announcement here today we'll be outlining our latest progress in implementing the Action Plan for Jobs.

Succeed in Ireland
One of the successful initiatives to be delivered under the Action Plan process was Succeed in Ireland.

It proposed a whole new take on attracting in foreign direct investment into Ireland that relied on 'connectors' to link up expanding foreign companies with Ireland and to consider establishing new operations here.

It has been successful in attracting different types of companies that otherwise might have escaped the attention of Irish agencies.

To those new to Ireland here, they will learn that this Government is on a mission to make Ireland the best small country in the world for business by 2016. That they, and other expanding companies, will find Ireland a constructive and positive partner as they grow there business further.

To date, 7 projects have been approved with the potential to create 215 jobs across regional locations.

The level of interest in the initiative is encouraging and the pipeline into the future is strong.

Our Embassy network has been giving its active support to Connect Ireland in delivering the Succeed in Ireland initiative through introductions, launch events and linking them to business networks globally.

Engagements of note have taken place with our Missions in North America, Asia and Britain in recent months.

In addition, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's widespread engagement with the Diaspora through a range of channels supports the delivery of this initiative.

Today's announcement marks the creation of another 75 jobs over the next 3 to 5 years, clearly demonstrating how worthwhile initiatives such as Succeed in Ireland are contributing to the Government's priority objective of job creation.

Finally, I wish to thank Michael Mc Loughlin, Terry Clune and all the team in Connect Ireland for their continued dedication to this project which is truly demonstrating how an initiative such as this can work in tandem with similar jobs focussed policies and with established agencies such as IDA Ireland.

Connect Ireland has expended a considerable amount of its own resources in getting the scheme off the ground, and that is to be commended.

I wish Michael, Terry and their colleagues every success as they work towards their ultimate goal of creating 5,000 jobs over 5 years.

Likewise, I would like to thank all in IDA for their support.

Let me conclude by wishing the Magni Group, Flagship Management and Ark Energy Consulting all the very best in the future and every success with your new ventures here in Ireland.