Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín today accused the Tánaiste of
peddling a myth on Labour and Fine Gael’s record on job creation since entering
government. The Meath West TD noted that the government has fallen far short of
its own target on job creation and many of the jobs coming on stream are low
paid and temporary.
The Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson said:
“True to form the Tánaiste has ignored the facts
and run instead with spin on Labour and Fine Gael’s record on job creation. For
every job this government has created 5 people have emigrated, and there are
48,500 less under-35s in employment since Labour and Fine Gael entered
government. Youth unemployment remains unacceptably high at just over 23%.
Numbers in the labour force are still in minus figures when compared to the
peak of 2007.
“New jobs coming on stream are of course welcome
but this is happening at a glacial pace, and many of the jobs being created are
low paid and temporary. Ireland has the third highest rate of underemployment
in the EU and the second highest rate of low pay across the OECD countries.
“Yesterday the Toiseach told the Dáil government
had delivered between 80,000 and 100,000 jobs, however the most recent CSO
figures tell a different story. There has been an increase of 58,600 in
employment since Q2 2011. It is worth noting that 25,560 of those attending
activation schemes are classified as employed.
“The ESRI’s most recent research into the
distributional impact of 2015 tells us that those on the lowest incomes have
lost the greatest amount of household income. Add low pay and underemployment
to the mix and you have all the ingredients of an insecure and uncertain
“Unemployment has been falling slowly but if we
add those attending activation schemes and who are underemployed the rate of
unemployment rises to a figure closer to 20%, and that’s without including emigration.
If government refuses to acknowledge the scale of the challenge then they will
continue to fail to implement the policies necessary to secure a fair and
prosperous future for Ireland.”