Sinn Féin’s Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has said the findings of the OECD’s 2014 ‘Society at a Glance’ report is further proof that both Labour and Fine Gael in government are failing young people.
Lynn Boylan said:
“Of course we don’t need the OECD to tell us that young people are experiencing poverty in higher numbers under Labour and Fine Gael’s watch, but the organisation’s annual report on social indicators validates Sinn Féin’s position that government is failing our young people.
“Long term unemployment among young people is historically high according to the report, with Ireland now ranking sixth highest in the OECD, who warn that Irish jobseekers could become permanently disconnected from the labour market. Is it any wonder that young people are voting with their feet and emigrating in their droves?
“Relative poverty has increased for young people. One in ten families are living with food poverty and the numbers in involuntary part time employment is on the rise. This, of course, is a direct result of the government’s failure to invest in an ambitious Youth Guarantee and Jobs strategy. Low income families have been hardest hit.
“Sinn Féin’s first response to the crisis in 2008 was to publish a job creation and retention strategy. We argued that you cannot simply cut your way out of a recession and that the optimal approach to minimising the devastating long term economic and societal impacts of the financial crisis was to invest in jobs.
“Sinn Féin has since published a comprehensive Jobs Strategy and in our budget proposals for 2014 we ring-fenced income from a Wealth Tax for an ambitious Youth Guarantee programme providing training and education.
“Shockingly both Labour and Fine Gael’s MEP voted against increasingthe monies allocated to a European wide Youth Guarantee.
“Be it in the European Parliament or in government here at home, Labour and Fine Gael are failing young people and their families.”