Main points of jobs initiative

                  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking in the Dail today

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Main points of the Government’s jobs initiative

* Temporary levy of 0.6% on funded pension schemes and personal pension plans

* Introduction of a temporary reduced rate of VAT of 9 per cent, from 13.5%, to support the tourism industry

* Halving lower rate of PRSI until end-2013 on jobs paying up to €356 per week

* Abolition of the €3 per passenger travel tax as part of a deal with airlines to restore lost routes

* Temporary visa waiver scheme for short-stay visitors of 14 nationalities

* A national internship scheme operating for two years with 5,000 places

* Additional 3,000 places in back to education initiative

* Additional 20,900 places for training, education and upskilling

* €10 million to be provided for school works, in addition to €20 million reallocated from existing budget

* €75 million reallocated for transport projects aimed at creating at least 1,000 new jobs

* €15 million for improvements to rail stations, pedestrian crossings, footpaths, bus networks, and cycle ways