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Sinn Féin job creation proposals launched at All Ireland semi final

22 August, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh launched his party’s proposals for creating and retaining jobs ahead of the All Ireland Football semi final between Dublin and Cork today.

Speaking at a Sinn Féin stall on the Ballybough Road today Deputy Ó Snodaigh also launched a new beer matt to promote his party’s proposals.

He said:

“Dublin and Cork both have the highest numbers of unemployed people in the state. Speaking to fans of both teams here today it is clear people have lost confidence in this Government’s ability to steer us out of this mess.

“The Government is not taking the jobs crisis seriously. Sinn Féin has put forward strong proposals to create and retain jobs including a specific document with proposals to address the problem of youth unemployment. We have costed our proposals and shown how the money can be raised to pay for them.

“We believe it makes no sense that many public services remain understaffed while qualified highly-skilled workers remain on the dole. Nurses and physiotherapists wait in a dole queue while those needing their services wait on lengthy waiting lists. The public sector and direct public employment should be used to kick-start the economy.

“We are calling for the initiation of a ‘National Development Scheme’ to employ people directly by the state on public works projects such as schools and hospital to address our infrastructure deficit and improve our competitiveness.

“There are also sectors in the economy that we can look to with optimism, sectors where we enjoy a natural advantage such as agri-food and tourism, sectors where we have begun to build on an emerging international reputation such as the IT sector and sectors whose potential has not been tapped such as green technologies.

“To be effective, enterprise development and job creation strategies need to target these sectors where the potential for growth exists.

“Sinn Féin recognises the growing problem of youth unemployment and the long term consequences of this problem if it is not tackled. With this in mind we have produced a set of proposals to create 40,000 jobs for young people.

“The Government needs to get serious about tackling this problem. The hardships created by the recession will be felt for years to come unless we can get Ireland back to work. We have solutions however we lack a Government with the political will to implement them.” ENDS

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