Sinn Féin’s Enterprise Jobs and Innovation spokesperson Deputy Peadar Tóibín has accused the government of giving up on one of the worst unemployment and emigration crises that Ireland has ever experienced after the Department of Finance admitted that unemployment will continue at levels of over 13% until 2015. This compares with the most recent government forecast of 11.7 per cent.
Speaking this evening Deputy Tóibín said;
“It is hard to get your ahead around the facts that Ireland has lost more jobs per capita in the last four years than any other western state, that emigration levels are now higher than since the 1800s and that nine Irish people are emigrating every hour. The only thing harder to get your head around is the insipid response of the government to disastrous human crisis.
“The resolution of the unemployment and emigration crisis should be the all-consuming concern of the government. However we hear that the government is actually planning for emigration to be at 13% in 2015.
“A year ago the government set itself a target of 100,000 net new jobs. Since then 33,000 jobs have been lost. They also produced a jobless ‘Action Plan for Jobs’. In July they announced a detail free stimulus plan that was to invest an amount equivalent to their capital expenditure cuts.
“In contrast Sinn Féin produced a detailed, costed 64 page jobs plan which set out a €13 billion stimulus investment that would create 156,000 over four years, address infrastructural deficits and would increase long term productivity and competitiveness . We also met with the Troika and received acknowledgements that funds are available for a substantial stimulus plan.”