Dear Friend

I strongly welcome this week’s news that unemployment figures have fallen to 10%, which is the lowest level since 2009.

Though the long-term unemployment figures are still far too high, this is very encouraging.

Furthermore, we hope that we will be able to cut the unemployment rate down into single figures by the mid-point of the year.

Secondly, the Independent Fiscal Council has given recognition of the growing strength of the economy by commenting on greater flexibility.

Thirdly, the Central Bank here has raised their growth forecasts for 2015.

This is all encouraging, but the Government has a real challenge here both in managing expectations and in making decisions that secure the recovery by avoiding future booms and bust.

That means that we are not going to put at risk the gains that have been made; that we will continue to focus on reducing our deficit while providing further reductions on the income tax burden for low and middle income workers.

Creating jobs is how we will secure the recovery and it remains our number one priority.

So I was very happy to announce a massive investment in Longford this morning which will bring 1,000 permanent jobs to the Ballymahon area.
90375098 _1__3

These positions will be in a new Centre Parcs project which will see the construction of 500 lodges and leisure facilities for family centered holidays and it is expected to attract visitors from the UK and Europe as well as from Ireland.

This particular location will allow very easy access from both Knock and Dublin Airports.

This week, I launched the
Party's small businesss initiative and  joined Minister Heather Humphries in Collins Barracks on Wednesday for the launch of the 1916 commemorative programme.

It is going to be a really busy year with many opportunities for organisations and schools around the country, as well as those of Irish extraction who live abroad, to get involved.

On Easter Sunday, I will again attend the annual 1916 Commemoration on O'Connell St.

I am also very happy that the Government was in a position this week to announce the purchase of the National Monument at 14-17 Moore Street where the leaders of the 1916 Rising actually decided to surrender.

This will place this building in public ownership for the next 100 years and be a fitting addition to the buildings that are presently being renovated, including Cathal Brugha Brracks, Kilmainham Courthouse and the GPO.

Very best wishes.
Yours sincerely,

screen shot 2015-03-13 at 12.48.58_3

Enda Kenny TD