Three-month Dáil break unacceptable as unemployment soars – McDonald
Speaking in Dublin before a meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle this morning, party Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald attacked the government over its failure to tackle the unemployment crisis. She said it was unacceptable that the Dáil will go on a three-month break next week while nothing has been done to tackle the jobs crisis.
Mary Lou McDonald said:
“As Ministers prepare to down tools for the next few months, unemployment is sky-rocketing. For most people the idea of the Dáil going on a break for nearly three months, while unemployment continues to soar is unacceptable.
“An extra 5,800 people have joined dole queues in the last month. There are now 444,900 people on the dole.
“There is no strategy to create jobs. This government is now trying to convince people that the economy has turned a corner, but economic growth in the absence of jobs is pointless. Despite some newspaper headlines heralding the end of the recession, the reality is that there are now more unemployed today than at any time in the history of the state.
“This week, with the media distracted by internal government wranglings over stag hunting and dog breeding, the government quietly pushed through legislation cutting social welfare entitlements.
“These cuts will cause real hardship for people who have no confidence of returning to the workforce any day soon given that nothing is being done to create jobs. Cutting public services and welfare undermines the state’s ability to make an economic recovery.
“Its time to implement the kind of job creation proposals set out by Sinn Féin over the last couple of years. We need to invest in job creation and bring forward specific strategies for potential growth sectors of the economy – sectors such as digital media, IT, agri-food, tourism and environmental technologies.
“Sinn Féin has advocated a concerted push by Government to stimulate economic growth and put in place a comprehensive job retention and creation strategy. But the Government is closing its eyes and ears to any alternative to its failed policies.” ENDS