Monday November 30, 2020

Manufacturing a better future

Ireland's manufacturing industry is in a relatively healthy state, and there is potential for more growth if the right moves are made, writes Gareth Naughton.

18th May, 2013
Martin Shanahan, chief executive, Forfás, the state advisory board for enterprise and science. Photo: Mark Maxwell

The government has identified Ireland's manufacturing sector as a potential source of jobs growth, with ambitious plans to generate 20,000 new jobs by 2016. However, while the path has been clearly mapped out, there may be a few bumps on the road to achieving these targets.

The common perception is that manufacturing in Ireland is dying, with employers opting to relocate to the Far East. In reality, Ireland has a very healthy manufacturing industry that continues to...

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