Urban centres need to be focus says Dublin ChamberCity Centre, Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, News, South Dublin Friday, November 5th, 2010
Government needs to make Ireland’s cities as competitive as possible, according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
The comments follow Ernst & Young’s announcement this week that in will create 300 jobs in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland over the next 18 months.
The chamber of commerce called the news of extra jobs a “welcome boost”, but said cities must be made as competitive as possible.
“Many of the internationally traded services jobs will be generated in urban areas, and in Dublin particular, which accounts for almost half of all employment in the services sector. The Government needs to make Ireland’s cities as competitive as possible so that Irish companies can compete against other international cities,” said Gina Quin, chief executive of Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Quin said: “This is the only true sustainable approach to growth. Dublin is competing with other international cities in attracting investment and skilled workers. Government needs to prioritise Ireland’s limited resources on urban centres to make sure that they have the ability to compete.”
The chamber said the jobs announcement demonstrates how economic recovery will be driven by exports, “but not as we have traditionally known them.”
“Export growth is now coming through internationally traded services. By 2011, Ireland’s exports from services will be as economically as important as that of traded goods. The latest trade figures showing that services exports account for 47% of all exports, up 6 percentage points since 2005,” said Quin.
Ernst & Young have offices in Dublin City Centre as well as in Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
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