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Cavan/Monaghan unemployment rises by 80% in a year

11 November, 2008 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil Leader and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Government to target job creation in Cavan and Monaghan after figures published showed that unemployment in the constituency has increased by a massive 80% in the past year. Deputy Ó Caoláin slammed the Government for its complete failure to include any job creation proposals in budget 09.

He said, "This Government ignored all the warning signs that the economy was heading for a slowdown and failed to prepare for the recession even though all the economic indicators pointed to such an inevitability. The result of all of this can clearly be seen in the report from the CSO which shows that unemployment has significantly increased across the state.

"The government cannot continue to sit on their hands in the face of rising unemployment. The budget spectacularly failed to include any measures to create employment and even now as the figures continue to rise there is no evidence of any action or plan from the government to tackle unemployment.

"My own constituency of Cavan/Monaghan is clearly suffering the effects of Government inaction on employment. Figures show that unemployment across the constituency has increased by a massive 80% in the past year.

"Carrickmacross has seen unemployment increase by 100% in the past year while Monaghan Town has seen a 90% increase. Clones has seen an 83% increase and Castleblayney 68%. In County Cavan unemployment in Ballyconnell has risen by 81% and in Cavan town by 75%.

"Clearly the Government must start targeting job creation to unemployment black-spots and in Counties and towns which are haemorrhaging jobs at a high or disproportionate rate. As these figures show Cavan and Monaghan certainly fall into this category.

"It is essential that the state introduces a specific back to education scheme for construction sector workers under the age of 25 without Leaving Certificates. The Taoiseach's Department estimates that under 25s represent 50.3% of the total construction unemployment figure in 2007 & 2008 and that a large majority do not have a Leaving Certificate. It is also essential that training and upskilling courses for alternative industries to construction are provided." ENDS

Unemployment figures for Cavan and Monaghan are outlined below:

Regions/County October2007 September2008 October2008

Cavan 2,509 4,141 4,431

Ballyconnell 442 727 801

Cavan 2,067 3,414 3,630

Monaghan 2,057 3,597 3,817

Carrickmacross 515 932 1,028

Castleblayney 591 955 995

Clones 233 415 428

Monaghan 718 1,295 1,366

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