Launching the initiative #hometowork in Dingle, Co Kerry, Diaspora Minister Jimmy Deenihan said the campaign will focus on making sure returning emigrants are put in touch with companies looking to fill vacancies.
Although the detail was short, he said the target is to reduce unemployment to under 6% by 2018.
“We’re trying to encourage more people to come back to fill the job vacancies that are there and a number of companies are finding it very difficult to fill those vacancies,” Mr Deenihan said.
“There are more people out there, some who would not be aware of these job opportunities, so we have to ensure that through the agencies here, both public and private, and HR companies that are looking for people to fill those vacancies, that people know how to find them and we have to ensure they’re connected.”
Mr Deenihan was speaking at a conference on realising the potential and creativity of the diaspora in the Skellig Hotel, part of this year’s Other Voices, which got underway last night.
The conference also heard from American Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley; general manager of Intel Ireland, Eamon Sinnott; and Noirin Hegarty, operations director Ireland with Lonely Planet.
Creator of Other Voices, Philip King, said there had been “informal conferences” at Other Voices for 14 years, in bar rooms, hotel rooms, and front rooms, where people have been talking about Ireland, culture, identity and emigration.
Mr King added: “As we emerge from recession, and some people are saying we may be embraced by recovery, I just felt it would be a nice thing to do to ask people from diverse parts of Ireland to come here.
“We have people here from politics, from industry, academics, actors, artists, and put them all together in the same room to talk about how we could best realise an integrated, pluralist Ireland.”