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Unemployment is out of control – time for action

19 March, 2009

Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald MEP will tonight host a public meeting in Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin calling for action on Ireland’s soaring unemployment. UNITE Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly is the guest speaker and a lively debate is expected.

Over the coming days Sinn Féin will be launching its proposals on job retention and creation as well as public finance savings.

In just over twelve months unemployment has increased by 184,061. In January and February 1,000 people lost their jobs every day. The government's budget last October did nothing to stimulate the economy. As of now, unemployment figures will far exceed the projected figure of 400,000 by the end of the year. This is a crisis that cannot continue.

The state’s public finances are in freefall. The financial sector is collapsing. The haemorrhage of jobs is hitting revenue intake, increasing demand on social welfare and wasting the talents and ability of a whole generation.

The number one priority for any government at this point should be retaining and creating jobs. It should be getting Ireland back to work.

Sinn Fein’s proposals will be published next week in a document entitled ‘Unemployment is out of control – Time for Action’ which will contain more than 80 proposals, which Sinn Féin believes are urgently required.  It will set out specific measures for:

•    Job retention •    Job creation •    Stimulating consumer spending •    Education and training

The party will submit its document to government and will meeting with employers, workers, enterprise boards and groups across the country in the coming weeks to discuss its recommendations.  We will also be publishing a public finance document outlining where we believe revenue can be raised and savings made and what is required in the longer term in relation to how the state raises finance.  We will also be publishing a separate Oireachtas report on the future of farming and fisheries.

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