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Government must take joint approach to tackle unemployment

11 June, 2008

Sinn Féin TD and Enterprise, Trade and Employment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan, responding to the latest unemployment figures which show the largest annual increase in unemployment ever recorded, has called on the Government to start taking action to counter the increase.

Morgan said the Government’s response to date had been inadequate and that it needs to consult all the parties as well as meeting with unemployment and business groups to come up with a joint solution.
Deputy Morgan said:

“In the last year, the Live Register rose by 31 per cent, representing the largest increase since records began in 1967. The Government’s response to the increase in unemployment has been inadequate to date. I have now proposed to the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, of which I am a member, to examine this issue at the earliest possible opportunity.
“I want the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan to come before the Committee to discuss the rising rate of unemployment and what measures the Government is taking to address this matter and the needs of those affected. I have also proposed that groups such as the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, FÁS and Enterprise Ireland be invited to outline their current priorities and work programmes.
“The fact that the Live Register has exceeded 200,000 for the first time since 1999 demands that examination of these issues should be put to the top of the agenda for this Government. They sold themselves to the electorate last May as the only parties who could sustain the economy and that lie has now been revealed for what it was. They do however have the opportunity to turn around this turn of events if they make a concerted effort with all the political parties and other interested groups to get our economy back on track.” ENDS

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