The Government has been asked when it is going to publish its plans on how to address unemployment in Ireland.

Fianna Fáil's Éamon Ó Cuív asked when the National Jobs Plan would be published, adding that its publication has been announced nine times.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the jobs issue was part of the agreement reached at last Monday's European Union summit.

He said it agreed that jobs and growth would remain on the agenda for European summits in the future.

A plan was considered by Government this week and will be published within a matter of weeks, he added.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Tánaiste are also to attend an investment meeting organised by former US President Bill Clinton in New York next week.

Mr Gilmore told the Dáil that people who would not normally have associations with Ireland will be in attendance.

In addition to the New York meeting, he said the Vice President of China will be visiting Ireland later this year.

Official figures this week showed that the number of people on the Live Register fell by 3,200 to 439,600 in January.

The Central Statistics Office also said that the unemployment rate fell slightly to 14.2% from 14.3% in December.