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Budget to be tested through job creation and regional competitiveness

first_imgPrint Email Previous articleÓ’Domhnaill’s Atlantic to screen at BelltableNext article#BREAKING Limerick man left fighting for his life following attack Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Deputy Niall CollinsTHE ultimate budget litmus test for entrepreneurs and businesses will be our ability to increase competitiveness and kick-start regional jobs creation, Limerick TD and Fianna Fáil Jobs and Enterprise Spokesperson, Niall Collins has said this Wednesday.“Prioritising Irish job creators and the self-employed were key policy issues that Fianna Fáil secured in the Confidence & Supply arrangement to facilitate the formation of a minority government. Providing social protection support for self-employed people has been party policy since Budget 2012.”“My party engaged in a series of pre-budget discussions with the Government to secure progress on these Fianna Fáil’s priorities. It is welcome that the earned income tax credit has been increased. Equalising fully the treatment of the self-employed and PAYE workers is a core policy and this process must be completed in the next budget,” added Collins.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “However, competitiveness challenges loom large over our country’s ability to create an attractive business environment.”“Ireland has continued to plunge on the Word Bank’s rankings for the ease of doing business across 189 economies, dropping four places to 17th in 2016. Scant regard has been paid to addressing major items as highlighted by the National Competitiveness Council in Budget 2017.”“Reducing CGT for entrepreneurs to 10% was pushed strongly by Fianna Fáil in discussions.”“We remain disappointed that the UK will still have a more attractive system of relieves which applies a 10% rate to entrepreneurial gains of up to £10m, far in excess of the €1m Irish limit,” added Deputy Collins.“We echo the disappointment of the Irish Exporters Association that the budget did not go far enough to strengthen indigenous Irish companies’ ability to compete internationally.”“More needs to be done with Brexit on the horizon. Fianna Fáil has called for a Minister with overall responsibility for BREXIT to be appointed and we will continue to make the case for such a Minister to be appointed.”“Despite Fine Gael’s talk of spreading the recovery, the fact remains that 52% of the employment gains in 2015 were in the capital despite accounting for 31% of the total state employment, while 46% of all IDA site visits in first 6 months of 2016 were in the capital.”“For SMEs and entrepreneurs the ultimate budget litmus test will be realising regional jobs targets and cutting the cost to businesses and bridging competitiveness deficits.”“A two-tier Ireland is still being entrenched by Fine Gael, and today’s budget announcement does little to instil confidence that they have changed their agenda,” concluded Collins. NewsBudget to be tested through job creation and regional competitivenessBy Staff Reporter – October 13, 2016 703 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashcenter_img Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement TAGSBudget 2017limerickMid West Regionniall collins Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

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JFF Technical Centre gets FIFA nod

first_imgFIFA Member Association Service Director Theodore Giannikos is satisfied with the progress made at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre, after yesterday assessing the construction of a 24-room dormitory building at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – based facility. The first phase of the project was completed at a cost of US$480,000 ($61 million) and the second and final phase is expected to start this month end, costing US$620,000 (J$78.7 million). It is projected to be finished in six months. “I am impressed. I think it is a good step towards the development of football in the country,” Giannikos told The Gleaner. “This is creative work, very important help to football. The federation will have a very good base to build from (when the building is completed) to help young footballers develop,” he also added. JFF’s general secretary Raymond Grant says the second phase of the project was sent to FIFA for approval. “The second phase is before FIFA for approval by March 28. If approved a contract should be signed between FIFA and YP Seaton (local contractors for the project),” Grant said. “The good thing is that FIFA is satisfied with the plan, so work is expected to start later this month,” the general secretary said. According to JFF president Captain Horace Burrell it is long time coming but worth the wait. “I’m extremely happy that phase one of the project is completed. The project has taken a long time but the vision is for the future. It will benefit generations to come. A lot has gone into the project. It is about the development of our football. Christopher Shaw, project consultant explained that the three storey building will consist of 24 fully furnished double occupancy rooms, a lobby, manager’s office, patio, canteen, technical area, library, cold storage and meeting area. The property is on lands leased to the JFF by the UWI for 49 years.last_img read more