Speaking at the latest review of the government action plan for jobs, Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said;
“The target for the jobs plan was 100,000 net additional jobs for the economy by 2016. Since it has been launched 20,000 jobs have been lost in the economy. Over 87,000 emigrated last year and unemployment rates remain the same of when the government came to power.
“The government claims that stability has been achieved. They claim that we have reached the bottom. However it is clear that policies of the government will not lead to growth nor will it lead to the substantial job creation needed to get our people and businesses back to work.
“The government needs to target the same scale of resources that it has allocated to bailing out banks to getting our people back to work.”