Responding to NESC’s report on Jobless Households, Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD accused Fine Gael and Labour of surrendering a generation of Ireland’s citizens to unemployment, inequality and loss of opportunity.
The Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Spokesperson said:
“In comparison to the baseline live register figures the findings of the NESC report on jobless households chimes better with real levels of unemployment.
“It is important to note that as stark as the NESC report is, it still understates the true impact of unemployment as hundreds of thousands of people have emigrated since Labour and Fine Gael took up office, and four per cent more of the work force are on activation programmes.
“NESC correctly states that government’s attention needs to extend beyond the live register to address reduce Ireland’s high levels of jobless households, yet many of the enhanced services it recommends to get people back to work are the very supports dismantled by this government. .
“Not only has Ireland become more inequitable under Fine Gael and Labour’s watch, meagre jobs growth from the latter half of last year has now stalled and households’ are facing yet another wave of increased taxes and cuts.
“Flat taxes such as water and property charges are preventing low and middle income earners from spending in the local economy, and uncertainty about the future cost of these stealth taxes is puncturing growth.
“Fine Gael and Labour, ignoring the recent elections results, continue to bang the drum that there are no alternatives. Politics is all about choices and there is always an alternative route.
“Sinn Féin has set out ambitious stimulus proposals that would get people back to work, create competitive advantages, increase revenue and get the country back on track.
“As we enter the latter end of the lost economic decade Fine Gael and Labour continue to surrender a generation of Ireland’s citizens to unemployment, inequality and loss of opportunity.
"The only people deserving unemployment are the current Fine Gael and Labour government.”