Responding to the government’s latest progress report on the action plan on jobs Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Peadar Toíbín said;
“Today we had the bizarre spectacle of the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Jobs Minister congratulation themselves for partially implementing their jobs plan despite the economy losing 33,400 jobs last year.
“The government promised an additional 100,000 jobs over four years in the Action Plan for Jobs. Since then long term unemployment has increased to 60% of all those unemployed, and 450,000 people are on the live register. Over the past year we have had increased emigration with 87,000 people leaving the state. We are consigning a generation to the dole queue and the boat.
“It is clear that the government is failing to invest in jobs and growth. They have failed to tackle the banks, despite huge bailouts, and ensure that SME’s have access to credit. They have failed to tackle the landlords and property developers who benefit from massive upward only rents.
“Last week we unveiled a plan to develop a stimulus of €13billion targeted at job creation, enhancing competitiveness and promoting economic growth.
“The government has a decision to make, to continue with a plan that is failing our people, to continue to live in denial about unemployment and emigration or to chart a new course to job creation and economic growth.”