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Jobs plan includes strong research element

The government has proposed “disruptive reforms” as a way to increase job creation during the coming year. Many of these are in information and communications technology including a concerted targeting of opportunities in big data.

The proposals form part of an Action Plan for Jobs 2013, released in Dublin on 22 February by the Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. The overall plan includes more than 300 actions to be taken by 16 government departments and 46 state agencies to ramp up job creation. It follows a similar plan for 2012, which helped to deliver a net growth of almost 12,000 jobs in industry.

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