Richard Bruton, jobs minister, Enda Kenny, taoiseach, Joan Burton, tánaiste, and Ged Nash, minister of state, Government Buildings, Dublin, July 24, 2014.
Irish Economy: Today the Government gave itself
an 85% mark on its quarterly jobs 'to do' list, which is down from mid-90s
levels in the past that made it look like the result of a North Korean election.
The morsel for the headlines today was the announcement of a National Health
Innovation Hub which "will be a win-win for businesses." Meanwhile the statement
by Richard Bruton, jobs minister, that “70,000 jobs have been added across the
economy in the past 18 months," is not correct.
Irish Economy: Bruton and politics of jobs numbers;
CSO says 47,000 jobs added in 18 month; Dept of Enterprise & Jobs claims
Reform of legal services, which was part of the
international bailout agreement in 2010 with a deadline of 12 months, remains
pending as the lawyers in the two governing parties have yet to cobble together
- "Innovative Irish healthcare companies will
for the first time be able to easily gain access to the health system to
test their products and services, increasing the chances of developing
commercial ideas and creating jobs;
- The health system will be able to gain easy
access to innovative companies who can provide solutions to the problems
that it faces, making it cheaper and easier to deliver better health-care to
Official employment data from the CSO are only
available to March 2014 when the total employed was 1.888m compared with 1.846m
in March 2013, 1.849m in December 2012 and 1,841 in Q3 2012.
So the latest data for 18 months is a total of
47,000 jobs (including self employed, jobs schemes).
“70,000 jobs have been added across the economy
in the past 18 months," is an incorrect statement unless the minister was
guessing in respect of Q2 2014.
Statement on jobs