The Government has said that 96% of measures set out in their  "action plan for jobs" have now been delivered.

A progress report, relating to the first three months of the the year, has been published.

Measures implemented over the last 12 months included the launch of a "Succeed in Ireland" initiative aimed at creating 5,000 jobs.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said: "there is no magic bullet, what we have to do is to keep our focus on the task in hand and do the hard work, day by day".

In a statement ahead of a joint press conference in Government Buildings with Mr Gilmore, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said "this is just the first step in an annual action plan to rebuild our economy".

The allocation of €20m to an education and training fund along with the launch of a €150m development capital scheme and the launch of a potential exporters division in Enterprise Ireland were also included in the measures.

The Department of Jobs Enterprise and Employment has listed the 80 aims implemented to date and outlined the three aims for this quarter that remain to be implemented.

They are to design and launch a promotional drive for women with an emphasis on start-ups, to develop an approach and a programme to support industry-led clustering in key areas of export opportunity and progress on the cloud computing strategy for the public service.

Mr Kenny welcomed the announcement of 500 new jobs at Apple's Cork plant and said other investors were at an advanced stage in negotiations for bringing investment to Ireland.

He said the best way out of the country's economic problems was through job creation and he was keen that "very high international confidence in Ireland is retained".