1,223 people employed in companies supported by the Donegal LEO

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Over four thousand extra jobs have been created by Local Enterprise Office supported companies in the past 12 months.

The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has published the annual results for L-E-O's for 2014.

In total, over 7,300 new jobs were created - taking into account losses, there was a net increase of 4,012.

In Donegal, the Local Enterprise Office here created 45 new jobs in 2014, with 1,223 people employed across 159 client companies.

In the border region as a whole, last year saw 470 new jobs created, with 1,049 client companies employing 5,323 people.

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton says start-up businesses create two thirds of all new jobs in Ireland, and they also offer huge potential to support jobs growth in every town and village in the country.