Labour and Fine Gael tied in knots over future job targets – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Jobs and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says Labour’s claim that it will create full employment by 2018 is completely at odds with the Government’s own projections and represents another u-turn on the issue by one of the coalition partners.

Calleary commented “In January 2015, the Taoiseach announced that full-employment would be achieved by 2018 based on an unemployment rate of up to 6%. However, the Government’s own Enterprise 2025 document, which was launched last November, extended this target out to 2020."

Calleary went on to say that, “The latest deadline, announced by the Labour Party completely undermines the recent budgetary projections, which clearly show that an unemployment rate of 6% will not be achieved until after 2021. In contrast, Fianna Fáil has a very clear credible clear jobs plan. In Government, we will provide progressive relief from PRSI to incentivise job creation, cut CGT entrepreneur relief to 10% to compete with the UK (limited to first €15m of gains ), set up a state enterprise bank for businesses- and reform the commercial rates system."

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