Cabinet meets for special meeting on jobs strategy today

A special Cabinet meeting on jobs takes place this morning.

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have promised 2014 will see them focus more and more on generating jobs.

In his pre-Christmas message Enda Kenny promised a "real relentless push" on jobs in 2014.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is keen to focus on the domestic economy and creating 12,000 jobs in housebuilding to cope with demand.

This morning's special meeting will also look at the final quarter of the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 and sign off on a new plan for 2014.

The Government press office has suggested the twitter hashtag, #allaboutjobs.

Speaking later on his way into the meeting, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said this plan will have a special emphasis on the ICT sector.

"There are a lot of people with skills who now longer need those skills for the construction sector but can transfer those skills with a bit of re-training into other areas where there are jobs" he said.

"ICT areas are the biggest one - there is a world-wide shortage of computer programming, training and...digital skills".

"A lot of companies are attracted, coming to Ireland for a host of reasons," he added.

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