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Government doing nothing to address youth unemployment – Adams

26 June, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Speaking at a community centre in Dublin’s Inner City today where he addressed a Sinn Fein youth conference entitled ‘Our Future – the Republican Alternative’, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said that the Government was doing nothing to address youth unemployment. He called for a halt to cuts in training courses and reiterated Sinn Fein’s call for a specific youth jobs fund to create 20,000 new jobs.

Gerry Adams said:

“Over 83,000 young people under 25 are now unemployed. The government is doing nothing to address this. Sinn Féin has set out proposals to get 50,000 under 25’s off the dole, including a specific youth jobs fund to create 20,000 new jobs. We cannot stand by and let the skills and ability of these young people be wasted or exported.

“There is understandable public anger at the antics of people like Ivor Callely. But, truth to tell, while there are many good people in politics and public life Senator Callely is a product of a political culture which encourages behaviour like this.

“This culture of cronyism and privilege is reflected in government policy towards youth. For example it is cutting funding for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses despite the fact that some of these courses provide entry into new growth sectors of the economy. What sense does it make to cut funding to colleges of further education, to places like Ballyfermot College of Further Education which has given us award winning students in areas such as animation and digital media?

“Young people must have a future in Ireland. Young people have a central role to play in changing Ireland and achieving political, social and economic change.” ENDS

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