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Budget will drive young workers out of country – Ferris

10 December, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights Martin Ferris has claimed that the impact of the cuts to Jobseekers Allowance and the lack of support for retraining and employment creation will drive tens of thousands of young workers to emigrate.

The Kerry North TD said, “In my county, which has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the state, there are currently 2,858 people under the age of 25 on the dole and I know that many are considering joining those who have already left to seek employment abroad.

“The cut in Jobseekers allowance is, in my opinion, a cynical move that is in fact designed just for that reason. This Government hopes to export its young unemployed just as successive Irish Governments have done when faced with the consequences of their failure and the failure of those who have wealth in this country to sustain economic growth. As someone once said the young unemployed follow Irish capital abroad.

“The cut in the allowance is compounded by other cuts in training programmes and other community schemes and has to be placed in the overall context of a Budget that will do nothing whatsoever to stimulate economic growth and employment.” ENDS

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