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Doherty calls for Seanad debate on unemployment

18 June, 2008


Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called for a Seanad debate on the jobs crisis in the State. Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Doherty asked the leader of the house Senator Donie Cassidy to invite the Tánaiste Mary Coughlan to come into the Seanad to set out the Government's proposals to deal with the weekly loss of jobs.

Senator Doherty said, "In my own county of Donegal, which has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the state, 2,000 jobs were lost in the past year.

"However, this level of job losses is no longer unique to Donegal. Thousands of jobs are being lost on a weekly basis throughout the state as evidenced by the fact the unemployment levels have soared above 200,000 for the first time in a decade. 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 would ask the leader of the Seanad, Senator Donie Cassidy, to invite the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan to come into this house in order to set out the Government's proposals to deal with the weekly loss of jobs and to have a debate on the issue." ENDS

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