Jobs boost 'beyond Dublin'
The Department of Jobs has hit back at claims by a think-tank that the recovery is focused on Dublin.
In its latest economic commentary, the Nevin Economic Research Institute said 90pc of the jobs created last year were in Dublin and the surrounding counties.
But the department claimed that this was "highly misleading". It said last year jobs in the South East grew by 7,400 and in the Midlands by 2,600.
"Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in 2012, every region of the country has grown in employment," a spokesperson said.
"The fastest growing region over that time has been the South East, not Dublin or Cork."