Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Youth Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has accused the government of being afraid to discuss the issue of youth unemployment.
The Senator, the youngest Member of the Oireachtas, was reacting after the government parties once more voted down a request by her to have Minister Burton come to the Seanad to discuss the specific issue of Youth Unemployment.
“For ten months now and after multiple requests I can only conclude that this government simply refuses to discuss the issue of youth unemployment. Some 30% of our young people are unemployed and tens of thousands more have left Ireland because of the youth unemployment crisis.
“Youth unemployment is a national catastrophe that this government is simply ignoring. That is not good enough. It is not good enough to subsume this issue in broader debates on social protection. Does the government not believe that a youth unemployment rate at 30% is not worth debating in its own right?
“Sinn Fein has practical and realistic ideas on how to tackle youth unemployment which we wish to discuss with the Minister in the Seanad. It is a sad indictment of this government and its treatment of young people that it is easier for me as a Senator to raise this issue with the Troika than it is with our own government.”