Jobs: the biggest challenge of all

Ireland’s unemployment situation is a tragedy that has to be tackled, says IDA chairman Liam O’Mahony. He sees jobs as the bedrock of our economics and of society itself

17th July, 2010

In the IDA Ireland boardroom, the screen flashes with buzz-words: cleantech, smart cities, services innovation, the transformation agenda.

It’s all part of the agency’s efforts to highlight the progress it made in the first half of this year, when 63 investment projects were won and about 5,300 jobs secured.

In his office across the corridor, Liam O’Mahony, the IDA chairman and former CRH boss, shuns the jargon in favour of a simpler message:...

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