Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has been informed by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton that he will head up a jobs action forum on Friday, December19th next in Athlone as part of plans to roll out a specific Government enterprise strategy for the Midlands region.
“In reply to my Dail question regarding this planned regional jobs focus, Minister Bruton said the first of the regional strategies is to commence in the Midlands region and aimed at providing targeted supports for enterprise and job creation. He said this Midlands Regional Enterprise Strategy is due to be unveiled early in the New Year.
“As part of the consultative process, Minister Bruton explained that this Midlands Regional Enterprise Forum in Athlone will bring all the main stakeholder groups together to discuss the strengths and opportunities that can be built upon to support enterprise and jobs growth in the region.
“Minister Bruton informed me in the Dail last week that over the past number of months, officials from Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Minister’s Bruton Department have been involved in a series of engagements with stakeholder groups in the Midlands region. The stakeholders have included representatives from the enterprise sector, skills and education providers, and public bodies operating in the region.
“Minister Bruton acknowledged that while employment has increased nationally by approximately 80,000 since the start of the Governments Action Plan process in 2012, not all regions are yet fully experiencing the full benefits of economic recovery.
“I am very pleased that the Midlands, which includes Longford and Westmeath, has now been selected as the first region under this co-ordinated Government regional strategy, and I commend the Minister’s commitment to looking strategically at how the Midlands can benefit from the economic recovery.”