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No action from Government as over 5,400 joined live register across North West in February – Mac Lochlainn

6 March, 2009


No action from Government as over 5,400 joined live register across North West in February - Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin candidate for the North West EU Constituency Cllr Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has slammed government inaction an additional 5,471 people became unemployed across the 11 counties of the North West Constituency in February. Mac Lochlainn was speaking following the release of county by county live register figures by the CSO today.

Cllr Mac Lochlainn said

"During the month of February 5,471 people joined the live register across the 11 counties of the North West constituency. There is no sign that the government has a plan to address this crisis - where is the much needed strategy to retain jobs or to create new jobs for those hundreds of thousands of people who now find themselves unemployed?

" Having served on the national executive of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed during the 1990's I understand hwo demoralising it is for people to lose their jobs - particularly when there is no evidence that the government is acting at it should to create jobs.

"People who have lost their jobs need to have hope that they will be able to return to employment sooner rather than later. A government job creation strategy must include identifying sectors for potential growth and ensuring workers are retrained so they have the skills to take up employment in those sectors. It must also include a clear outline of the supports to be made available to local entrepreneurs including ensuring that those trying to develop new businesses have access to start up capital.

"While the crisis in our public finances needs to be addressed without delay there needs to be action to stem the rising rise of unemployment. Rising unemployment is exasperating the shortfall in government revenues as the tax take falls and the social welfare bill rises. The live register figures for the end of February must spur the government to action. In addition to the mini budget being brought forward at the start of April, a job creation strategy must be brought forward within the same time frame."

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