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O’Keeffe bows to IDA staff plea

Minister will give funding so agency can reach employment-creation targets

Article by ine Kerr Political Correspondent of the Irish Independent

ENTERPRISE Minister Batt O’Keeffe is preparing to accede to the IDA’s demands for an urgent staffing boost so it can cope with the jobs crisis — but he has refused to confirm if he would reinstate all of the 50 posts which had been cut.

The flagship agency has been starved of staff and resources at a time when more than 450,000 people are on the Live Register.

Last night Mr O’Keeffe said he had accepted the IDA’s arguments for increased resources and would provide funding for extra posts this week.

The minister said the IDA would be “quite happy” and “satisfied” with the offer.

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