Belfast Telegraph

Kenny defends job creation plans

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said asking for specific job creation figures for the Government's employment action plan is like counting seagulls.

Defending the 270 initiatives announced to drive investment and enterprise, Mr Kenny said it was daft to try to predict the numbers expected to come off the dole each year.

"That's like saying how many seagulls flew over the Phoenix Park in the last three weeks," the Taoiseach said.

"This is a daft question. What you need to do is create an atmosphere and opportunity where business can flourish."

The Action Plan for Jobs aims to get 100,000 people back in work by 2016 and another 100,000 by 2020.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams attacked the Government's plan, claiming many of the ideas have been announced before and warned there is no new money for stimulus.

Mr Adams compared it to the £500 million-plus roads and hospitals building programme announced by the Stormont Executive in Belfast.

"Seriously Taoiseach, this is the type of investment and incentive needed," Mr Adams said.

"I wish you well on all your proposals but this is the only way."

Mr Adams said it was a contradiction to say jobs could be created through austerity.

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