Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary says the Government is once more shifting the goalposts for job projections.

Deputy Calleary made the comments after the Taoiseach admitted that full employment would not be achieved until 2020 at the very earliest.

“In January 2015 the Taoiseach made a firm commitment that full employment would be achieved by 2018. He has now backtracked on this commitment by extending the timeline for achieving this target by a further 2 years out to 2020,” said Deputy Calleary.

“This represents yet another stunning u-turn by the Taoiseach and his Government. How can his commitments be taken at face value? There has also been a clear failure by this Government to create a balanced jobs policy for the regions, as is evident by the emergence of a two-tier recovery. Job creation is concentrated nearly exclusively in the capital and the commuter belt region. This is not healthy for the overall economy.

“Job creation in Dublin is progressing at more than twice the rate of other regions, while over 50% of all jobs created in the 12 months to Q3 2015 were in the capital. Fianna Fáil has consistently argued that Ireland needs a new strategy to set out a blueprint for a better balance of social, economic and infrastructure development across the entire country.

“Fianna Fáil will outline a pathway to ensuring balanced regional growth across Ireland in our General Election manifesto. Meanwhile, the sudden change in the Government jobs target shows that it is more interested in cut and paste election staged announcements rather than achieving balanced regional development,” concluded Deputy Calleary.