Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Youth Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has been reacting to the release of a report by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. (http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/ )
Speaking this afternoon Senator Reilly said;
“Today’s report shines light on the absolute ineffectiveness of this government’s attempts to tackle youth unemployment. Ireland has the second highest NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) rate in the Eurozone – higher even than Greece. This is an unacceptably high level. Moreover this tells us that while other countries are acting to tackle this crisis the Irish government has no plans to intervene or to come up with new ideas.
“Another very worrying aspect of today’s report is the confirmation that almost 50% of young unemployed people have been out of work for more than a year – that’s twice as many than only a few years ago. The longer a young person goes without work the more difficult it is to find a job so we are looking at a grave long-term scenario here.
“If we consider the number of young people leaving Ireland every year for want of jobs we should realise that we are facing a situation nearly as bad as any in Europe yet this government has not woken up to this reality at all. Sinn Féin has proposed measures to reverse this appalling situation and will expand on these measures over the coming weeks.”