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Fine Gael launches New Era plans to take 40k off live register & create 100k jobs


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Fine Gael have launched a new website Fine Gael - NewERA (which looks pretty slick on first impressions), including three videos.

1. Introduction to the New Era website by Enda Kenny TD

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5vRP20_9cY]YouTube - Enda Kenny introduces New Era[/ame]

2. "Ireland - Smart, Green, Connected" - video with Simon Coveney TD

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV4CaRM9DVs]YouTube - Fine Gael New Era - Simon Coveney[/ame]

3. "Action now on jobs can really change lives. We don't have to lose another generation to forced emigation"- video with Leo Varadkar TD

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk9T4fPwJng]YouTube - Fine Gael New Era - Leo Varadkar[/ame]

There's also a "whack a do-do" game, which whilst fun I'm sure, perhaps takes away from the serious message. When whacked, Brian Cowen says "I make no apologies", Mary Coughlan curses and Bertie Ahern says "digout".

Their press release is below.....

Fine Gael Announce Details of National Campaign to Promote Party’s Jobs Plan

Public Meetings, Online Advertising, New Website, NewERA Video and Interactive Online Game Included in New Campaign

The Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny T.D., today announced the details of a new national campaign to promote the Party’s Jobs Plan which contains both short term and medium term measures to get our country back to work. The Fine Gael Jobs Plan is built around short term measures to take up to 40,000 people off the Live Register in one year and our NewERA investment programme to build a range of new infrastructure networks while also creating 105,000 jobs over four years.

The Fine Gael Leader was joined at the launch of the campaign by Front Bench colleagues Simon Coveney T.D., the principal author of the NewERA plan and Leo Varadkar T.D. who has developed the Party’s shorter term jobs protection and creation proposals.

Commenting on the campaign, the Fine Gael Leader said;

“The single biggest problem in Ireland today is that we have 434,000 on the Live Register. Thousands more are being forced to emigrate in search of jobs. Many in Government don’t appear to recognise this simple reality. We in Fine Gael do. That is why our approach to the economy is driven by one central principle – get our people off the dole and back to work.

“The Fine Gael jobs plan is two fold.

“Leo is proposing actions we can take immediately. Simon is looking at longer term proposals. Leo’s plan will take 40,000 people off the dole in a year. It will give the unemployed new opportunities through a combination of a graduate internship programme and second chance education while changes to the social welfare code and a jobs subsidy scheme will help make it easier to protect and create jobs.

“Over a four year period Simon’s NewERA plan will create over 105,000 jobs. This will happen through an injection of €18 billion euro of new money into the Irish economy. This money will be raised from private equity, sale of state assets and investment from the European Investment Bank. These jobs will be in renewable energy, water quality and broadband. They will be delivered within Fine Gael’s first term in government.

“The campaign being announced today is designed to reach out to the public and tell them that there is a different approach on offer. There is a Party that recognises the need for a real focus on job creation and job protection. That Party is Fine Gael.”


Commenting on the campaign, Simon Coveney said;

“Ireland should aspire to have an economy that is smart, green and connected. That is the challenge for the 21st century. Unfortunately we are still relying on some infrastructure networks that date back to the 19th century. NewERA is Fine Gael’s plan to invest €18 billion over four years in transforming our broadband network, our green energy generation and storage capacity and our antiquated water distribution and treatment facilities.

“By investing now in these networks Ireland can dramatically reduce or dependence on imported fossil fuels within ten years. We can deliver broadband to every home in the country and we can transform our water system so that it is fit for purpose for a modern progressive economy. In building this platform for the economy of the future we also get the benefit of putting over 100,000 people back to work across a range of sectors and industries.

“If we are to truly build a smart economy for tomorrow we need to start building the foundations today. Fine Gael’s NewERA plan provides the blue print to make that smart economy a reality.”


Fine Gael’s Enterprise Spokesman Leo Varadkar said;

“Ireland does not need to lose another generation of young people to forced emigration. But that is what is happening right now as tens of thousands have been forced to emigrate over the last two years. Our best and brightest are leaving these shores and bringing their talents and skills to bear in other countries. This is both a personal tragedy and an economic cul de sac.

“We need to do everything we can now to save as many jobs as we can and to keep our young educated people in this country. The Government have thrown their hat at this issue and have simply given up. The plans I have set out can immediately start taking people off the Live Register. We estimate up to 40,000 people in the first year alone.

“Ideas such as expanded graduate internship programmes, second chance education and jobs oriented and biased changes to the social welfare code can help keep our young at work or in education. If we act now we can staunch the increasing flow of our young and educated people being forced from their home shores.”
 


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Without reading through their proposal in detail i have to give FG credit. Its refreshing for a party in opposition to offer such detailed proposals.

At least there is one genuine party out there looking to the future
 

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Oh yeak FK lets take the 18 billion and send it off to some german bank - thats the road to recovery.


FAIR PLAY FG...
Wow. Could've sworn they said €18bn to invest in Broadband, Graduate Schemes and Water Facilities...

Do German banks provide these services now? That's German effeciency for you!
 

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when FG says that it's getting money from the sale of state assets, what does that mean exactly?
 

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when FG says that it's getting money from the sale of state assets, what does that mean exactly?
They mean Flog everything we have - ESB, Bord Gais, Dublin Airport etc - at the worst possible time & put it into something as dodgy & unproven as 'green energy'.

How can it fail ?
 

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Just wait til y'all sees what happens next.

Biffo and his FF bootboys will go in studs up on Enda, Leo and Coveney - sure didn't Battman launch a pre-emptive strike this morning?

And then, very quietly mind you, they'll steal the best bits before the end of the year and sell them to us as their 'Smart Economy' ideas thunk up all on their owneo!

You have been warned...
 

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Wow. Could've sworn they said €18bn to invest in Broadband, Graduate Schemes and Water Facilities...

Do German banks provide these services now? That's German effeciency for you!
er i was being sarcastic - the FF tactic is to borrow to send to german banks
 
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They mean Flog everything we have - ESB, Bord Gais, Dublin Airport etc - at the worst possible time & put it into something as dodgy & unproven as 'green energy'.

How can it fail ?
Probably the only remaining state asset left of any real value is the ESB - and FG want to sell it at the worst possible time in an economic cycle and with absolutely no assurance that it won't be asset stripped in the same manner as happened to Eircom. And the other plank of their policy is investment in Broadband - which Eircom should be doing it it wasn't effectively bust as a result of being handled in the same way as they now plan for the ESB. Brilliant:rolleyes:
 

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Fair phux to FG, it is at least well thought out, even if Colm McCarthy rubbished it. Didn't have a great read of it now, so I'm not sure of the details, it does seem well thought out though.
 

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when FG says that it's getting money from the sale of state assets, what does that mean exactly?
It means they'll sell off parts of the various state bodies over a period of time. The plan is to keep the vital infrastructure and networks that they process while selling off the rest to raise money to transform the Irish economy. Coveney mentioned Bord Gais today as the only one that could be sold in the short term, while once again retaining control of it's networks. It seems the government is considering selling Bord Gais as it is, but they don't have anywhere near the same idea as to what to do with the money from the sale.

It is a very radical plan and I'll admit I still haven't got my head fully around it.
 

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Probably the only remaining state asset left of any real value is the ESB -
Yeah, sell off a proven success at a bad time & then this green energy stuff is going to save us ?

We're gonna harness the wind & the waves etc apparently.

If it was such a slam dunk, why the hell aren't loads of other countries doing it ?

If its a risk, do we wanna sell off the family silver on a bet ?

My suspicion is that this is the knowledge economy part 2 - bunch of clueless politicians have latched on to a buzzword.
 

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Just wait til y'all sees what happens next.

Biffo and his FF bootboys will go in studs up on Enda, Leo and Coveney - sure didn't Battman launch a pre-emptive strike this morning?

And then, very quietly mind you, they'll steal the best bits before the end of the year and sell them to us as their 'Smart Economy' ideas thunk up all on their owneo!

You have been warned...
They'll probably take a few bits from it, while completely missing the wider picture and make a mess of it and then try to blame Fine Gael for the mess when they do.

That's what they always do anyway.

As Batt O'Keefe showed with his statement today, this plan is far too radical and intelligent for Fianna Fail.
 

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@ bob, wind energy in our Atlantic waters is a very safe bet. But I don't agree with further privatisation of semi state companies that actually make a profit. And they have firm plans to chop all of transport 21, which our country really needs. Privatising Dublin bus in sections to various different companies, wtf???
 

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@ bob, wind energy in our Atlantic waters is a very safe bet. But I don't agree with further privatisation of semi state companies that actually make a profit. And they have firm plans to chop all of transport 21, which our country really needs. Privatising Dublin bus in sections to various different companies, wtf???
The money needed to set up better Semi-State companies and to improve our infrastructure, which desperately needs to be improved has to come from somewhere.

We need to start thinking bigger and wider if we are going to compete in the modern world.
 

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The money needed to set up better Semi-State companies and to improve our infrastructure, which desperately needs to be improved has to come from somewhere.

We need to start thinking bigger and wider if we are going to compete in the modern world.
they have no intention of improving our infrastucture other than in broadband and water services. Transport is simply ignored by FG.
 

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They mean Flog everything we have - ESB, Bord Gais, Dublin Airport etc - at the worst possible time & put it into something as dodgy & unproven as 'green energy'.

How can it fail ?
You clearly haven't read the proposal, have you? FG have not proposed selling anything now, but at an appropriate time when things have picked up. And they've proposed selling "non-strategic State assets", not "everything we have", as you've claimed.
 

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