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Government inaction on jobs forcing Irish workers to emigrate – Ó Snodaigh

19 April, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking at a protest outside Leinster House today Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh slammed the Government for forcing thousands of skilled Irish workers to emigrate.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Government’s obsession with bailing out failed banks instead of focussing on creating jobs is the cause of the mass emigration of some of Ireland’s most talented people.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The Government must get a handle on the jobs crisis. Last week’s ESRI report confirmed that emigration is acting as a safety valve for the Irish economy.

“This is not acceptable. The failure to bring forward and economic stimulus and a plan to create jobs means thousands of educated and skilled Irish people are forced to leave our shores.

“These are the very people who we should be relying on to help build a new vibrant Irish economy.

“The Government’s obsession with bailing out failed banks instead of focussing on creating jobs is the cause of the mass emigration of some of Ireland’s most talented people.

“Sinn Féin is campaigning for jobs for the unemployed. We have published a set of proposals get at least 50,000 young people off the dole and into jobs or training and education programmes. This includes a proposal for a youth jobs fund to create 20,000 new jobs.

“The Government must take these proposals into consideration. They can no longer ignore the jobs crisis and the plight of our unemployed.” ENDS

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