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Unemployment figures show urgent need for job creation strategy

4 February, 2009

Responding to today's announcement that the number of people on the live register rose by 36,500 by the end of January Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on the government to deliver a job retention and creation strategy noting the need for such a plan has never been more urgent.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Never before in the history of the state was a job retention and creation strategy from government so desperately required. The Taoiseach's admission in the Dáil today that, with 327,861 people claiming jobseekers' payments, Ireland now has an unemployment rate of 9.2% was a stark confession, particularly for the hundreds of thousands of families across Ireland who are shouldering the burden of government's mismanagement of the economy.

"Sinn Fein believes the primary goal of the government's economic recovery plan must be to safeguard the livelihoods of low and middle income workers and the delivery a job creation strategy. This government walked the country into the current recession by making the public purse dependent on construction and consumption to the benefit of property developers, speculators and senior bank management. At no point over the last decade have they properly invested in sustainable job creation.

"Governments approach must change. We need to see the frontloading of critical infrastructure projects. We need the fast tracking of business start-ups. We need to grow our indigenous export market. We need to develop and support a truly innovative culture. We need to rebuild the Irish economy." ENDS

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