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Anger growing amongst the unemployed as government does nothing – Doherty

2 June, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking today as he delivered more than 16,000 ‘Greetings from the dole’ postcards demanding action to create jobs to Government Buildings, spokesperson for Sinn Féin’s ‘Jobs for the Unemployed’ campaign Senator Pearse Doherty said there was growing anger that the only plan the government had to deal with the jobs crisis was to cut welfare entitlements for the unemployed. The hand in of the postcards coincided with the publication of the latest monthly live register figures.

Doherty said:

“Almost half a million people are unemployed. Many more have emigrated. This week the government pumped another €2 billion into Anglo Irish Bank only days after announcing plans to further cut welfare entitlements for those out of work.

“As part of Sinn Féin’s ‘Jobs for the Unemployed’ campaign party activists and representatives engaged with thousands of unemployed people across the state. They all want the same thing. They want the government to focus on the jobs crisis and to start implementing the type of proposals put forward by Sinn Féin to stimulate the economy and create jobs. They are growing increasingly angry that the government is doing nothing.

“The skills and abilities of thousands of our young, educated and highly trained work force, which should be at the centre of efforts to rebuild the economy, are being wasted, because the Government refuses to get serious about job creation.

“These are people who want to work. They want to put their skills and education to good use. They do not want to emigrate but many feel this is what they are being forced to do.

“The Social Welfare Bill, published late last week, is an insult to these people. The Bill has no role in resolving the unemployment crisis. It is a blatant attempt to get the least well off in society to pay for the economic mess created by this government and its cronies in the banks and in the property sector.

“The Government must listen to what the unemployed are saying. They have sat on their hands long enough. There will be no end to the economic crisis until the government faces up to its responsibilities to implement a strategy to create new jobs. One thing is clear, the unemployed are not prepared to put up with government inaction any longer.” ENDS

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