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Ministers Mitchell O’Connor, Ross and O’Donovan launch public consultation on resale of tickets for entertainment and sporting events

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State Patrick O’ Donovan, T.D. today launched a public consultation on the resale of tickets for entertainment and sporting events.

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Unemployment continues to decrease, now at lowest level since August 2008

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell  to 7.2% in December from 7.3% in November – the lowest level since August 2008.
The jobless rate has now fallen for seven months in a row and is down from a post-crisis high of 15.2% at the beginning of 2012.

It compares with a current euro zone average of 9.8%.

However it is still too high and I will be working hard with enterprise agencies: IDA, EI and Local Enterprise Offices, employers, unions, ISME, IBEC, Small Firms’ Association , Irish Exporters’ Association, other Government Departments and all stakeholders to further improve employment chances for people who want to and need to work.

IDA figures published yesterday shows that nearly 200,000 people  working in Ireland now directly employed in Foreign Direct Investment Companies.

52% of all jobs announced were outside Dublin. I will be continuing to push the regional agenda so that there is a good spread of jobs right across the country. The pipeline for further jobs to be created by FDI is good.

Enterprise Ireland will be publishing their annual employment figures on Monday next.

 

 

 

We can achieve a top 5 ranking for global competitiveness

Speech to Dublin Chamber, Friday 25th November

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Distinguished Guests.

Friends and Colleagues.

Members of Dublin Chamber.

First let me tell you how honoured I am to address you this morning.

During these first six months in my job as Minister it has truly been a privilege getting to know the many heroes of Irish business. Businesses in both the public and private sector that drive our economy.

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Sports Clubs in Dún Laoghaire Constituency urged to prepare for Sports Capital Grants application window

Sports Capital Programme 2017 is to commence no later than January 2017

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and TD for Dun Laoghaire constituency, has welcomed the news that applications for the 2017 round of Sports Capital Grant funding will open in the near future.”

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