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Jobs for the unemployed now – Doherty

18 May, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has tonight addressed the crowd gathered at the Right to Work rally at Leinster House. In his address Senator Doherty called on those gathered to demand their right to work and insist on jobs for the unemployed now.

Senator Doherty said:

“I’ve come from Donegal to address this rally tonight, a county which currently has almost 21,000 people out of work. I like you am angry. I am angry because I see my friends and relatives denied a chance to get back to work and earn a decent living for themselves. I am angry because I see thousands and thousands of young people in Donegal and across the state denied a future and forced onto the dole and emigration queues.

“The reality is that this government has done nothing to get Ireland back to work. Instead it has cemented the notion that if you are a banker, a property developer or a Fianna Fáil politician you can get away with bankrupting the country, taking billions off the tax-payer and consigning thousands of people to the dole queues, without so much as a slap on the wrist.

“We in Sinn Féin were the only party to have produced costed and comprehensive proposals for getting Ireland back to work. We have produced proposals which would see 50,000 young people off the dole and into employment or education. Sinn Féin is leading the way in terms of bringing about positive proposals for job creation and getting people off the dole, back from the brink of emigration and back to work.

“Ordinary people have had enough. We deserve to work. We have a right to decent public services like health and education. We will not stand idly by while unemployment gets progressively worse. We will not stand for attacks on the most vulnerable. We will not accept the agenda of cuts as laid down by this government and other right wing parties such as Fine Gael who offer no real alternative.

“Let’s get on the streets, stay on the streets and send a message to this government – jobs for the unemployed now.” ENDS

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