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Government Unveil Action Plan For Jobs 2014


The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today published the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, the third annual instalment in the Government plan aimed at building a sustainable growing economy and creating jobs.

The Plan builds on the more than 500 measures already implemented through Action Plan for Jobs 2012 and 2013, and contains 385 actions to be implemented by all 16 Government Departments and 46 Agencies.  Building on the 2013 Plan three new Disruptive Reform topics have been targeted in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Winning Overseas and Manufacturing. Continue reading

Would Irish Emigrants Consider America’s Most Dangerous Jobs?


Many Irish emigrants have ventured across the Atlantic to America in recent years due to the economic downturn. Many have sought fun loving jobs that simply allow them to get by while others who have since earned the right to remain in America have sought more advanced careers. Many Irish emigrants would like to land a job, but would they love these jobs to, literally, die for? Check out America’s most dangerous jobs in this infographic based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by blue-collar occupations that involve manual labour in high-risk work environments such as construction sites, factories and harsh outdoors.  After years at the top, fishing gave  way to logging as the most dangerous job. Felling and cutting trees into logs has never been more dangerous than in 2012.

One other interesting fact is that incidents involving some means of transportation topped the causes of fatal work injuries. It accounts for nearly half at 41%, more than double the second most common cause, which is homicide and violence at 17%. There was  a 3.3% increase in motor vehicle crashes last year compared to 2011, and it’s the first time in eight years that such an increase was noted.

This list of America’s ten deadliest jobs would hardly surprise anyone. After all, they truly have harsh environments to begin with. Falling trees, molten hot iron, high altitude, and the open sea create conditions conducive to fatal work injury. Media outfits like Discovery Channel and National Geographic know how shocking work conditions can be, and how much people would like to know. The TV shows that focus on some of these dangerous occupations have built quite a following over the recent years.

Surprisingly, firefighting and police work, two jobs with extremely hazardous environments are not on the list proving that with enough safety measures and foresight even America’s ten deadliest jobs can be less deadly after all.

Payout is good but would you apply for any jobs mentioned in this infographic?

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Private Organisations Provide Fodder Relief


In a response to the recent fodder crisis which has left many farmers across the country fearful for both their animals’ welfare and their finances, a €250,000 fodder fund has been set up by three Irish firms – SuperValu, Kepak and Oliver Carty Ltd, while SuperValu has also offered to take care of the transport of fodder – arriving in Dublin Port – to co-ops around Ireland.

The harsh winter we have experienced over the course of the past few months, and the fact that grass has begun to grow roughly a month later than usual, has meant that farmers have had to purchase extra fodder, leading to a shortage, and driving up the prices of any available supplies, placing extreme pressure – financial and emotional – on farmers who have been doing their utmost to keep their livestock alive and fed.

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Coveney Urges Bank Holiday Fire Vigilance

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The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has warned farmers and owners of land that there are high fire risk conditions this week as we head into the bank holiday weekend.

Though some conditions in places around the country are favourable, Coveney noted that in some areas, particularly in the south and south west regions, the risk remains high. Several fires have been reported in North Kerry this week.

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Government Penny Pinching May Do More Harm Than Good

covBackbenchers from Fine Gael and Labour have warned of impending trouble within the coalition over the issue of means testing for third level grants. The Government has indicated that proposals regarding the inclusion of assets worth over €750,000 are still being discussed – meaning farms and business assets could now come under scrutiny when applying for education grants. The issue first reared its head last summer and has once more come to the fore this week. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has argued previously that farmers and the self-employed are not averse to manipulating their incomes to ensure their children receive third level grants. Continue reading

In “The Year of The Dragon” Opportunity Beckons

Xi Jingping, vice president of the People’s Republic of China has arrived in Ireland for a three day visit. Having flown into Shannon airport, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore welcomed the man widely tipped to be the next President of China and leader of the communist state. The trip is being treated as a significant event for Sino-Irish relations, an opportunity for Ireland to boost trade links with the worlds second largest economy and as a chance to “widen and deepen bilateral relations” by improving social and cultural ties.

The Chinese delegation which includes 150 businessmen are expected to sign various trade deals on the visit. Sectors of particular interest include biotechnology, agriculture, communications, food, education and tourism, which could all reap monetary benefits in the future for our ailing economy. The significance of the trip cannot be underestimated as Ireland has been chosen as the only European destination for the tour which includes the United States and Turkey next week.

That is the interesting point after all, why Ireland? Mr Xi has been here before, in the mid nineties he visited as a senior cadre from the boom province of Zhejiang. The Chinese have always been interested in our economic model as they were back then but this trip appears to be something different. From the Irish side, the government are promoting Ireland as a gateway to Europe, a strategic location with access to the worlds largest economy (EU) but one must question what has China to gain from our tiny island with it’s little International relevance.

The answer to that question may lie in our food sector. China feeds 20% of the worlds population, a whopping 1.3 billion people and the demands of their new middle class for high grade protein products, such as milf powder and beef, may prove to be an area where Irish food producing expertise can help with meeting Chinese consumer demand. Last week The US and China signed treaties on sustainable food production, so it would make sense to anticipate an interest in the finest bread basket of Europe, “The Emerald Isle”.

The pharmaceutical industry is also of key importance on this visit. Maintaining large supply’s of technologically advanced medicines will be become extremely important to China’s future. Being the largest holder of foreign cash reserves on the planet, China is a high profile buyer testing the markets, attempting to get bang for their buck and with that in mind, Ireland is a particularly savvy market choice that can deliver quality, price and sustainability in the distribution of high grade pharma-products.

One must also wonder whether Ryanair’s interest in purchasing several hundred Chinese produced Comac planes has anything to do with the visit. Micheal O’Leary has been trumpeting the success and resources deployed by the Chinese government for quite some time now and if his company finalizes the projected deal, it will be a major international achievement for the state run Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. The economic relevance of the visit is enormous, an opportunity the government cannot afford to mess up but there are other issues our political leaders must bring to the forefront in the China conversation.

Human rights campaigning has been a long standing tradition in this country and an area where we have lead by example on the International stage, so it would be misguided to throw this history by the way side in pursuit of political posturing and economic benefit. China has an appalling tradition on human rights issues and it is paramount that the Taoiseach annihilates his political puppetry and spin campaign to the background of this visit and pursues China properly on these issues. Diplomacy in subjects like these is a balancing act that takes skill and shrewdness to maneuver through the traditional and cultural complexities that mark differences of opinion, and if Enda Kenny is worth his salt, he will be acutely aware of this. This is a representational matter for Ireland and a vista where we hold a surprising amount of clout internationally, because of this, our government must persist on the correct form action on human rights issues and not let the carrot lead the stick when it comes to pressing China on crimes against humanity.