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Planning for the Future

The government is setting out important plans to open up new opportunities and to solve difficult problems. These plans are being built on a solid foundation. Responsibility for delivery is being assigned to leadership who will be accountable.


Investing in our Children’s Future

  • Building extensions and new schools, for 62,000 pupils with a wider choice of school patronage.
  • Investing in a range of new Apprenticeships with an intake of 1,500 in the first wave and 2,500 in the second.
  • A Strategy for Childcare developing free pre-school from age 3 and improving quality and affordability of early childhood care.


Building New Infrastructure

  • A New Housing Strategy to fast track new homes (including 35,000 social housing and 20,000 Nama – built).
  • An Integrated Transport Plan for Dublin with a lighter Metro North (Connecting the Airport, DCU and the Mater to Stephen’s Green), extended Luas, more frequent services and better options for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Better accesss to Healthcare through 80 new Primary Care Centres and the new Chilrdrens Hospital.

Better Services for our Communities

  • A transformation in the oversight and management of the Gardaí with a new Independent Police Authority and a modern ICT system equipped to deal with sophisticated criminals.
  • An integrated strategy to tackle Suicide and ring-fenced money for Mental Health.
  • Better Pathways to Independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by job loss, homelessness, tragedy, disability or addiction

Political Reform


The biggest risk to Ireland is that we slip back to old ways. In government we have made some important changes to prevent the mistakes of the past being repeated:

  • A ban on Corporate Donations and new Regulation of Lobbyists
  • Strong Freedom of Information and new Protection of Whistleblowers
  • A strong Financial Regulator and an independent Fiscal Council to protect against bad budgets
  • A new way of selecting State Boards so only the best suited persons are considered

Politics must continue to change, building on this greater openness and stronger accountability. Loose government spending could undermine the virtuous circle of strong enterprise creating better paid jobs and supporting better services.

Investing in Better Services

Success on the jobs front has delivered a significant payback. Services under acute strain are getting new staff.

  • 2,260 extra teachers and 600 Special Needs Assistants to help children, especially those with special needs.
  • Almost 2,000 more staff in our hospitals compared to a year ago, as a concerted effort, is underway to deal with A&E and long waits.
  • Increases for pensioners and carers and easier access to the Fair Deal to Home care Packages and to GP Care for older people.
  • 550 new recruits entering Garda training strengthens the focus on crime and especially the surge in burglaries, where gangs and serial offenders are being targeted.
  • A fantastic new 10,000 student campus in Grangegorman will be a great asset for the Northside.

However, it is not just about more spending, it is about working smarter. We have merged or closed over 150 agencies. It is also about learning new ways to solve difficult problems. We need to understand what works and what does not, and to promote creative solutions using technology and different ways of working.

Making Work Pay

Working families have struggled hard during the crash. We are now able to make changes that are making work pay for all families.

  • Over 125,000 people stand to gain from a proposed increase in the National Minimum Wage to €9.15 which is worth €1,000 to a person working full-time.
  • The gradual restoration of public pay cuts will favour the lower paid, who will get a €1,000 boost to earnings starting in January 2016.
  • 71% of private employers indicate that they plan to increase pay in 2016.
  • The Back to Work Family Dividend and increased Homecarer Tax Credit helps working families.
  • Cuts in USC and Income tax have taken over 2 points off the tax rates at low to middle income levels – a saving of up to €1200.

We have a virtuous circle where the competitive edge of our enterprises is creating more jobs and that is delivering better living standards. Keeping this progress going is vital to our success as a country.


My responsibility has been to steer a jobs-led recovery to get back on our feet as quickly as possible. Through hard work, Irish workers and businesses have managed to turn around the trend of job loss much quicker than predicted.

The independent Central Statistics Office has confirmed that:

  • Over 64,000 extra people are at work in Dublin with their lives back on track
  • Unemployment in Dublin is now under 8%, down from a peak of 13.5%
  • In the past 2 years all the new jobs have been full-time
  • Youth unemployment is down by one third and net emigration down by two thirds
  • Most new jobs are well paid – in good companies, trades and professions

Our economy is capable of creating 40,000 extra jobs each year if the right policies are followed.

The new jobs have brought in extra tax revenue which has allowed a start to be made in reversing the impact of the crash on families and on services.

Howth Based Tech Company, iCabbi – the world leader in Dispatch Technology announces 20 jobs in 2016

Today (Thursday), iCabbi announced that after doubling their workforce in 2015, they plan to create 20 new jobs in 2016. The jobs, announced at Dublin HQ are in Research and Development, Customer Service, Sales and Marketing and Technical Support.

iCabbi have been supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland.

Gavan Walsh, Founder and CEO of iCabbi, says: “2015 has been an incredible year for iCabbi. We are now the largest dispatch provider in Ireland, and throughout 2015, significantly grew our UK business, working closely with the largest and most successful taxi companies, and consolidators. We have also recently launched in the US, with 13 companies currently live, and many more scheduled for the new year.’

‘The announcement of 20 new jobs in Dublin HQ will allow us to support these markets, and continue our ambitious expansion. There is a strong pool of high calibre talent in Ireland, we have a fantastic existing workforce and we look forward to adding to it over the coming months.’

Our success to date has been supported through investment from Enterprise Ireland and AIB Seed Capital.

Welcoming the announcement Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said,

“iCabbi is an example of an innovative Irish company achieving success as they internationalise their business. The announcement of 20 new jobs in Dublin is a great boost to the company, and I wish them every success as they continue to grow their business.”

About iCabbi

iCabbi was founded in 2011 by three Irish Entrepreneurs. iCabbi provides taxi companies with the tools they need to compete against peer to peer apps like Uber and Hailo. iCabbi was approached by a taxi company who wanted to create a direct link between their independent taxi drivers and their customers. It became apparent that this was the real market opportunity; a B2B business, supplying revolutionary taxi dispatch software. In 4 years, the team has grown and focused on delivering projects for bigger taxi companies each time. By learning from the experts, iCabbi has now developed the most advanced cloud based dispatch system in the world.

DCU ALPHA plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs

DCU ALPHA announces plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies

Irish start-up, Neosfar, announces 30 new jobs and a state of the art R&D facility

DCU ALPHA becomes European base for NIIT Ltd, a multinational digital learning technology company

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has today (Wednesday) unveiled details of the next phase of development for DCU ALPHA (formerly DCU Innovation Campus).

DCU Alpha [@DCUAlpha] is an innovation cluster which has become home to more than 30 companies and 350 high-tech jobs since its establishment in late 2013, following the transfer of the old Enterprise Ireland site to Dublin City University under the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs. The office, laboratory and industrial research facility in DCU Alpha has evolved into a group of innovative companies actively bridging the digital and physical divide, with new IoT technologies. DCU Alpha now plans to grow to 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years under its new brand identity, double the amount envisaged under the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs.

The first expansions under the new identity are the significant 30 new jobs announcement and R&D facility by Neosfar, an innovative Irish IoT company and the confirmation by Indian software multinational, NIIT Ltd, that its new ‘European Delivery Centre’ will be located at DCU Alpha.

The Alpha location has become a hot bed of next generation technologies over the last two years. The tenant and partner line-up features a mix of companies supported by the Department of Jobs – Enterprise Ireland-backed high potential start-ups, successful indigenous tech SMEs and IDA supported multinationals across a variety of sectors including cleantech, wearable sensors, connected health, industrial automation and machine-to-machine communications.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton TD, said: “Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence – that is why as part of the Action Plan for Jobs we are putting place a range of measures to support entrepreneurs. Crucial in this is incubator and accelerator spaces and innovation clusters – facilities for companies to locate in their early years of existence where they can have access to supports, mentoring and crucially where they can be close to other entrepreneurs to share experiences and bounce ideas off.

“I was delighted to launch the DCU Innovation Campus in 2013 as part of our Action Plan for Jobs – and it is hugely encouraging to see today that they have doubled their ambitions. Today’s announcement that DCU Alpha plans to grow to 100 companies and 800 jobs in the next three years is a huge boost for the north side of Dublin, and a great indication of what is possible for start-up companies with access to the right supports”.

Also speaking at the launch, CEO of Neosfar, Mark McCarville added, “We are delighted to announce these highly skilled jobs as we embark on servicing the burgeoning IoT sector from our new base in DCU Alpha. We already know and work with many of the companies based here and that cluster or cross-fertilisation opportunity, coupled with the access to graduate talent and key researchers in DCU, made this location an ideal one from our perspective. We look forward to moving into our custom designed engineering lab and office space over the coming weeks and we are already well progressed in terms of hiring the key staff we need.”

Spanish Lalla, President of NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group outlined the rationale behind their move saying, “Europe is an important market for us and Ireland was our country of choice for our European Delivery Centre. As soon as we engaged with DCU, we knew that Alpha was the right location in terms of its culture of innovation and the nearby access to key research centres and the availability of creative and technical talent in the main University.”

President of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith, highlighting the University’s ongoing commitment to engagement and innovation partnerships with industry stated, “DCU Alpha is rapidly becoming recognised as a cornerstone of DCU’s reputation as Ireland’s University of Enterprise. It has been encouraging to see the high level of engagement by businesses large and small over the last two years as they leverage the research, talent and support of DCU.

The next three years are going to be equally as exciting as we look to grow the amount of partner companies from 30 to 100 and continue to expand the number of jobs supported here as well as the number of innovation partnerships between the University and our industry partners.”

About DCU Alpha

DCU Alpha is a nine acre, 200,000 square feet office, laboratory and industrial research facility in Glasnevin, approx. 800m from the main Dublin City University campus. The site was originally established as the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards (IIRS) and was formerly occupied by Enterprise Ireland along with SEAI and NSAI. It is now home to over 30 highly innovative domestic and international companies working on the next generation of technologies that bridge the digital and physical divide (the Internet of Things) across clean tech, machine-to-machine communications, sensor tech, wearables, ICT, Industrial automation and connected hardware. The tenant line-up includes multinationals Siemens, NIIT, Veolia, Fujitsu and VSP Global, as well as high growth indigenous tech companies such as Shimmer Sensing, Neosfar, Novaerus and Exergyn. DCU Alpha is home to Ireland’s only dedicated hardware hackathon space and will soon be home to TechShop – the world’s foremost commercial ‘makerspace’ and rapid prototyping facility.

About Neosfar

Neosfar is a vertically integrated Internet of Things solutions provider specialising in cellular, short range wireless and satellite products and solutions. Neosfar design and manufacture products which provide Wi-Fi and data access in mobile environments such as buses and aeroplanes. Neosfar offer design and development services to clients who wish to develop reliable, internationally certified M2M and IoT devices for the global transport sector and other industries. The company’s HQ is located in DCU Alpha in Dublin, with offices in Minneapolis and San Diego in the USA.

About NIIT

NIIT is a publicly listed company, which was established in 1981 and is headquartered in Gurgaon, India, employing about 3,000 people in over 40 countries with primary locations in India, the United States, Europe and China. The focus of this announcement is NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group (CLG) which delivers comprehensive managed training services including Custom Curriculum Design and Content Development, Learning Administration, Learning Delivery, Strategic Sourcing, Learning Technology, and Advisory Services.

Seven Schools in Dublin Bay North to benefit from major school building programme – Minister Bruton

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said that seven schools in Dublin Bay North are to benefit from funding under a multi-million euro school building programme.

“Today the Government is unveiling a major school building programme, which involves funding for the following schools in the Dublin Bay North area:

 Coláiste Lán Ghaeilge An Ghráinseach (C. Reachrann), Donaghmede, BAC 13

  • Grange Community College, Donaghmede, Dublin 13
  • Howth Rd Mxd NS, Clontarf, Dublin 3
  • Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin 3
  • Scoil Chaitriona, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Rosmini Community School, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  • Scoil Chiarain Special School Glasnevin, Dublin 9

 “This school building programme sets out over 310 individual major school building projects, which will proceed to construction between 2016 and 2021. Meanwhile the Government is also announcing today that 13 new primary and second-level schools are to open in 2017 and 2018.

“I’m very aware of the pressing need to provide more school places in Dublin Bay North, in order to continue to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school going population

“This funding will facilitate the provision of more school places in Dublin Bay North and this significant investment will also support direct and indirect jobs in Dublin. This is all part of Fine Gael’s plan to keep the recovery going. Sine we launched our Action Plan for Jobs over 135,000 additional jobs have been created. Job creation means more revenue for the exchequer and therefore more money to invest in the services people depend on such as schools.

“I know how vital it is to parents across our community that their children are not just guaranteed a school place, but are guaranteed that they can learn and grow in a comfortable environment, which is conducive to study. Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that this happens.”

Funding of over €6.4m for sports clubs and organisations in Dublin– Bruton

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Bay North, and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton TD, has said that funding of over €6.4m for over 130 sports clubs and organisations in Dublin, is great news and a great boost for local communities.

“Under the programme over €6.4m is being awarded to a number of local clubs.

“I particularly welcome the 16 projects in Dublin Bay North. In the year that Dublin Bay is designated as a world Heritage Site by Unesco, it is great news to see three sea faring clubs, Howth Sea Angling Club, the Dollymount Sea Scouts and the Sutton Dinghy Club, getting funding.

“It is good to see that the City Council is working with local communities to develop sporting projects – this includes upgrading some of our great parks. The Council have worked hard with Raheny GAA and Raheny United and I’m delighted that their project has been awarded €200,000 today.

“Members put thousands of unpaid hours into giving young people an outlet in these clubs. This is recognition of the huge value they create. This funding will be a great boost to the clubs and provide hundreds of welcome construction jobs.

“Money spent on sport, is money saved on healthcare down the road. According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport. 


Note to Editors:

Clubs in Dublin Bay North which received funding under the sports capital grant are included in the below table.

Club Amount
5th Port Dollymount Seac Scouts €14,000
Clontarf Lawn Tennis Club €67,500
Dublin City Council – Donaghmede Park €11,384
Dublin City Council – Fairview Park €104,521
Dublin City Council – Griffith Park €31,292
Dublin City Council – Kilbarrack €150,000
Dublin City Council – Mc Auley Park €11,384
Dublin City Council – Oscar Traynor Road €12,723
Howth Sea Angling Club €21,250
Ierne Sports & Social Club €19,146
Irish Wheelchair Rugby Club €24,999
Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club €139,256
St Vincents GAA €100,000
Sutton Dinghy Club €24,950
Dublin City Council – St Anne’s Park (Raheny United and Raheny GAA) €200,000
Sutton Lawn Tennis Club €200,000

Minister Bruton Welcomes €150,000 for site investigation works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre

Minister Bruton has had continuous contact with the Howth Yacht Club regarding dredging in Howth. Minister Bruton has raised this important issue with his cabinet colleague, the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, on a number of occasions. Minister Bruton has received confirmation that Minister Coveney has sanctioned €150,000 for site investigation works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre.

Commenting on the matter, Minister Bruton said:

“I have met with Carl Hanratty and other members of the Howth Yacht Club and have had ongoing contact with them regarding the dredging of Howth Harbour.”

“I have raised the issue of dredging Howth harbour on a number of occasions with my cabinet colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. I am delighted that Simon has now sanctioned €150,000 for site investigation works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre.  The report on this site investigation will include vital information on the nature of the material to be dredged in any future dredging project.  I am informed that the Report on the Site Investigation will be issued in early 2016. This report will be an important first step.”

“I also welcome the confirmation I have received from Minister Coveney that €1.79 million has been approved by the Minister for the maintenance and development of Howth Fishery Harbour Centre in 2015.”

LinkedIn Ireland surpasses 1000 jobs milestone as it celebrates

At an event to celebrate its fifth anniversary in Ireland, LinkedIn today announced it now employs 900 people, an increase of 300 over the past twelve months, with more than 100 additional open positions at present. LinkedIn was joined at the event by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.

LinkedIn’s 900 employees are engaged in sales and marketing, engineering, data insights and analytics, and include a variety of regional leadership roles. The open roles include sales managers, insight analysts, applied scientists, HR managers and finance managers.

LinkedIn also announced that the next phase of construction has commenced on its international headquarters in Dublin.  This site is being developed on 17,507sq m and seven hundred construction jobs are involved over the course of the project, which is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2017.

Commenting during a visit to the site, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “It is a fantastic endorsement for Ireland that one of the leading internet companies in the world has selected Dublin as the location for its international headquarters.  In a short space of time, LinkedIn has become a major employer in Ireland and continues to grow.  The calibre of people employed by LinkedIn reflects the quality of the Irish workforce and is another reason why Ireland is seen as a global centre for technology and internationalisation. The Government plans to keep the recovery going by keeping Ireland competitive for new investment and jobs.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, who is this morning hosting the Dublin jobs plan forum, added: “Ireland’s success in attracting and growing jobs in the world’s biggest ‘born on the internet’ companies brings huge knock-on benefits – including extra jobs in supply and service companies, as well as a huge gain for our reputation. Encouraging jobs growth in these companies is a key aim of the Action Plan for Jobs, and today’s announcement that LinkedIn, one of the world’s biggest names in this area, is making a major investment in its operations here, and will soon employ 1000 people here, is a great boost. I wish Sharon and the team every success with its operations here, and look forward to continue working with them as they continue to invest and grow jobs here”

Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland, said: “Since establishing its international headquarters in Dublin five years ago, LinkedIn has developed its business significantly, creating jobs in key areas such as data analysis and applied science. The decision by the company to develop and construct its international headquarters here is testament to Ireland’s reputation as a global leader in technology and big data.”

Sharon McCooey, Senior Director International Operations and Dublin Site Lead,  LinkedIn, added:  “As one of LinkedIn’s first employees in Ireland, it has been fantastic to be part of driving   the evolution of the company.  We have grown from a team of three to a workforce of 900 people in five short years and we continue to expand with the construction of our new international headquarters here in the city centre.  Our location at the heart of Europe’s digital ecosystem means that we are ideally placed for the future.”

John Herlihy, LinkedIn EMEA Managing Director, said, “Ireland is a great place to do business and is a hugely important base for LinkedIn. Having recently joined the LinkedIn team, I’m looking forward to a bright future as we grow and expand our team in Dublin.”




About LinkedIn

LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market and sell. Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph. LinkedIn has more than 400 million members and has offices around the world.