The Government’s West Action Plan for Jobs has set its goal to create up to 25,000 jobs in the western region of Ireland by 2020.

The plan is the fifth of eight regional jobs plans to be published over the coming, as part of a €250m regional jobs strategy led by the Jobs Minster Richard Bruton.

During 2008-2011 over 27,400 people lost their jobs, although 5,000 extra people have secured employment in the area over the past twelve months.

The West Plan covers Mayo, Roscommon and Galway. Key sectors targeted as part of the plan include agri-food, tourism, medtech, ICT and pharma.

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