Enda Kenny aims for 50,000 jobs bonanza in 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised a 50,000 jobs bonanza next year.
A summit with leading industry figures will be held next month to help the Government cut business red tape and make it easier to employ people or access credit.
A long-term economic plan will aim to create employment levels of more than two million by 2020.
Mr Kenny said: "If we can keep this recovery going, have stability in government to actually make the decisions and move it on, we can replace every job that was lost during the course of the recession."
During the crash, unemployment peaked above 15%. At one stage, 3,000 people were leaving work every week and many emigrated.
But the Irish economy was among the fastest growing in the eurozone in 2015 and Mr Kenny said that in the new year, the overriding imperative will be to continue to drive the recovery.
He added: "We signed off on the regional action plan for jobs and we're already working now on the details of a new national action plan for jobs that will be signed-off on in mid-January.
"That will set out a number of new policy initiatives that will be focused on creating that sort of environment - we would expect that 50,000 new jobs can be created next year."