The Government today launched a plan which aims to create 23,000 new jobs in the mid-west by 2020.

Jobs Minster Richard Bruton said the region which comprises of Clare, Limerick and Tipperary, suffered more than other areas during the crash and that 25,000 jobs had been lost in the region.

The plan aims to target growth in, among other sectors, aviation, engineering and tourism.

The plan aims to increase the number of startups in the region by 25 per cent and will see the establishment of a fund to assist new companies.

The Government also aims to grow the value of agri-food exports from the region by 85 per cent by 2025.

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