WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington has said that the Action Plan for Jobs launched by Government on Monday contains “progressive measures” that will help get West Cork back to work.

“The Action Plan for Jobs will make it cheaper and easier to do business and to create jobs.

“It will support existing Irish businesses and new start-ups, while helping to attract inward investment from overseas.

“The Plan will set the environment to achieve the Taoiseach’s aim of having 100,000 more people working and making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business by 2016,” he said.

Deputy Harrington said that the plan changes the way Government interacts with business, by cutting costs and red tape and contains 15 key actions to make it easier to do business and grow jobs.

Paul Hayes from West Cork SinnFéin was less complimentary however saying that the amount of funding promised is dwarfed by the repayments for the debt of the former Anglo Irish Bank.

“The Government proposals today were mostly a rehash of initiatives already unveiled and the plan is to implement them within existing, significantly reduced, budgets.

“When you look at spending in more detail over the last four years, you will find there is a reduction in spending in indigenous industry.

“When we get behind the spin and look at investment it is clear that the priority is not jobs,” he said.