Bruton praises ’patriotism’ of private sector figures

Executives chosen to deliver Government jobs plan

Minister for jobs, enterprise and innoviation Richard Bruton  speaking at Government Buildings today. From left, Sean O Driscoll (Glen Dimplex Group), Dave Sannon (AbbVie) Louise Phelan (Paypal), Heather Reynolds (Eishtec ) and Dave Geragty,(representing John Herlihy of Google) Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for jobs, enterprise and innoviation Richard Bruton speaking at Government Buildings today. From left, Sean O Driscoll (Glen Dimplex Group), Dave Sannon (AbbVie) Louise Phelan (Paypal), Heather Reynolds (Eishtec ) and Dave Geragty,(representing John Herlihy of Google) Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

 

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has praised the “patriotism” of six leading private sector figures who have been selected to help Government deliver the action plan on jobs.

Mr Bruton said the executives from companies such as Google, PayPal and Glen Dimplex would bring a “breadth of experience that simply isn’t accessible to the public service”.

The action plan for jobs had an “ambitious target” of securing 100,000 jobs by 2016, Mr Bruton said.

The six “industry partners” he appointed yesterday will join the newly-configured National Competitiveness Council and will assist with monitoring of the seven so-called “disruptive reforms” the Government believes will boost the economy.

“To be honest there’s nothing in it for them other than contributing to the ambition of the country to reposition ourselves, to successfully make a transition from an economy which took a wrong turning,” he said.

“They are committed to do this from a sense of patriotism.”

The six are: Google Ireland’s head John Herlihy; Paypal ’s European vice president Louise Phelan; Glen Dimplex chief executive Sean O’Driscoll; PCH International founder Liam Casey; Eishtec director Heather Reynolds and AbbVie executive Dave Shanahan.