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deBurca & Boyle need to get their heads out of sand on unemployment - Doherty

1 July, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has this evening sharply criticised the Green Party during a Seanad debate on unemployment noting, “tonight’s motion put forward by the Green’s is a shameful and inappropriate backslapping exercise that ignores Ireland’s soaring unemployment which today stands at 11.9%.”

The Donegal Senator said:

“It appears that the Green’s will quite literally say anything to convince themselves that remaining in this failed government is the right move. Despite unemployment soaring month on month this government has yet to deliver a jobs retention and creation package. If you step back for just a minute and consider this fact it is amazing to me that Green Senators Deirdre de Burca and Dan Boyle have the brass neck to show up in the Seanad never mind proffer up this excuse of a motion.

“If the ESRI predications hold true half a million people could be facing unemployment in 2010, in the last week alone 881 job losses have been announced or implemented throughout the state. With such a rapid increase in the need for Social Welfare it is clear that announcing taskforces on developing the Smart Economy and stimulating employment is not sufficient. Time is running out so we need to see delivery not more empty chatter from the Greens and Fianna Fáil.

“Gordon Brown recently launched a plan for “Building Britain’s future” with an emphasis on the education, training and job creation for young people. Realising the detrimental effects of essentially losing a generation to unemployment, the British government has set out a number of proposals to stem the trend of unemployment among the younger generations of society. Governments throughout Europe are pushing through similar measures to stimulate their economies in an effort to stem the tide of unemployment. The Green’s need cop on, step up or once and for all step down.” ENDS

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