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Taskforce welcome, but where is the jobs plan? - Morgan

29 June, 2009

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment has welcomed the announcement of an R&D taskforce by Brian Cowen, but called on the Taoiseach to come forward with a jobs plan. Morgan said the taskforce, headed by a senior civil servant from the Taoiseach’s office could prove worthwhile, but that the 400,000 people on social welfare wanted to see an immediate jobs plan from the government and not more talk.

Morgan said: “Anything that brings together business leaders and is aimed at revitalising this economy is a welcome step. Even though the taskforce is headed by a senior civil servant from Brian Cowen’s department, it could actually prove to be worthwhile.

“However, talking is no substitute for what this economy needs immediately, and that is jobs. The government has had a whole year now to come up with a jobs plan that curtails the growing unemployment and gets people back to work. Useful projects like this taskforce must be done in tandem with this jobs plan, not instead of.

“Sinn Féin produced a jobs creation proposal last March which included 80 proposals for jobs retention and creation. This is available to Brian Cowen if he is struggling for ideas.” ENDS

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