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-  Deborah Sweeney

Progress on Carrickpherish School Campus a step in the right direction – Coffey

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has said news that, subject to outstanding issues being resolved, Carrickpherish School Campus will commence to construction phase in the latter half of this year, saying that the move is a step in the right direction. Deputy Coffey, who has been working on this issue for quite some time, has said this progress will mean that the new school should be ready for use at the start of 2015.

-  Sarah Meade

Garda vetting duplication is intensifying delays - O’Mahony

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, John O’Mahony, has highlighted the problems being caused by the delays in the Garda vetting system. Speaking in Dail Eireann, Deputy O’Mahony attributed some of the delay to duplication, whereby individuals are being assessed on two or more occasions.

-  Sarah Meade

Encouraging increase in Enterprise Ireland jobs in Meath - English

Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, has today (Friday) said that new figures show there has been an encouraging increase in the number of jobs in Enterprise Ireland (EI) supported companies over the last two years. The number of jobs in EI companies in Meath was up to 4,771 last year, an increase of almost 500 since 2010. Furthermore, the number of jobs in EI companies in the county is now above 2008 levels.

-  Deborah Sweeney

JobBridge is a proven pathway to full-time employment – Coffey

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has said that the JobBridge internship scheme is a clear and dependable pathway to full-time employment which has seen 36 per cent of intern graduates in Waterford moving directly into employment, while 61 per cent of interns nationally have secured employment five months after graduating from the scheme. Deputy Coffey obtained this information by way of a Parliamentary Question to Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD (see below).

-  Deborah Sweeney

4,000+ net jobs created in Cork by IDA and Enterprise Ireland since 2011 - Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West Deputy, Áine Collins, has today (Tuesday) said recent figures from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, which show that in excess of 4,000 net jobs have been created by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and IDA-supported companies since Fine Gael and Labour came to power, are proof that the Government’s jobs strategy is working. “In the last two years, the number of jobs being created in Enterprise Ireland and IDA-supported companies has resulted in thousands of people getting back to work. Over the last 15 months we have seen an increase of 1,000 jobs per month being created in the private sector, with 2012 registering the first annual increase in employment in five years.

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