“Focus of Budget 2016 and future Budgets will be on calling our Diaspora home” – Minister English tells Enfield Enterprise Town event
Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English told the launch of the Bank of Ireland Enfield Enterprise Town event on Friday 9th October that the focus of Budget 2016, the new Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021 and future Budgets will be on rewarding work, and calling our Diaspora back home to Ireland.
Minister English was speaking as he cut the ribbon to officially launch the Bank of Ireland Enfield Enterprise Town weekend of events, which included an exhibition of local businesses, as well as strong participation by local schools and local sporting organisations, all designed to promote a pride of place and show off Enfield’s enterprising spirit.
“Job creation is at the heart of what the Government is doing. In my own Departments – the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Department of Education and Skills – we have sought to strengthen the enterprise base and the skills base of companies throughout Ireland, particularly with those companies that have the potential to create new jobs and win new export markets” Minister English said.
“Ireland is once again becoming an attractive place to live and work. We hope to build on this progress and make work more rewarding through favourable taxation measures in the forthcoming Budget, and future Budgets, and begin to attract our talented Diaspora home. We are aiming to increase employment by 40,000 per annum to 2020, bringing the numbers at work to 2.1 million. We know we can achieve this if we continue to pursue sound and sustainable economic policies. We know, also, that in the so-called global “War for Talent”, we need to be proactive if we are to find the people with the right skills and knowledge to fill the jobs that will come on stream over the next 5 years” he told the gathering.
“I want to commend the Enfield community and their local Bank of Ireland on their EnfieldEnterprise Town weekend of events. It feeds into and compliments the Government’s work to spread jobs more evenly across the country through the Regional Action Plans for Jobs which seek to build on the strengths and opportunities of each region in the country. The strength and proactive spirit of the Enfield community is also reflected in its success in attaining Sports Capital Grant funding of €220,000 for Na Fianna Football and Hurling Club and Enfield Celtic FC” he concluded.
Successful Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town events have already taken place in Meath in Athboy and Kells. Other guests at the weekend of events in Enfield included Mairead McGuinness MEP, Newstalk’s Sarah Carey, GAA legends Henry Shefflin and Mickey Harte, as well as local and County footballers.