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Tánaiste all talk and very little action on jobs – Morgan

6 August, 2009

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has said the Tánaiste Mary Coughlan is all talk and very little action on job creation and retention. Deputy Morgan criticised the Tánaiste for ‘grabbing headlines’ today after she announced details of a Government job retention scheme for the second time in six weeks.

Speaking today Deputy Morgan said, “The Government already launched this plan in June. This plan is about a year too late. We need to see action on job creation and retention and the Government should get on with that rather than grabbing headlines with the announcement of plans which have already been launched.

“Unfortunately the Tánaiste is all talk and very little action on this issue. If the Government had paid more attention to our growing unemployment crisis rather than fixating itself on bailing out the banks and their developer friends over the course of this economic recession then we could now have been on the road to recovery. In that context Sinn Féin welcomes this plan albeit belatedly.

“However, the plan that has been announced by the Government is too narrow in scope in that it only applies to qualifying exporting enterprises in the manufacturing or internationally traded services sectors. It completely ignores the plight of workers in other industries.

“We also feel that the fund allocated to this job retention plan could be increased to €300 million in order to save approximately 90,000 jobs over the course of six months.” ENDS

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