The Government is facing renewed international pressure to do more to tackle the jobs crisis and boost economic growth.
Amid difficult talks on next month’s budget, the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling for more action from the Coalition to help the long-term unemployed back to work.
While saying labour market policy is moving in the right direction, the OECD argues that new policies still do not focus enough on people who have been out of work for a long time. Ineffective labour market schemes should be closed and successful ones should be strengthened, it says.
The observations from the OECD, whose mission is to promote prosperity, are contained in its annual economic survey of Ireland, which will be published this morning in Dublin by its secretary general Angel Gurria.
Mr Gurria has meetings today with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, several Ministers and the business lobby Ibec.
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