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Drop in live register a result of Government policy of emigration – Morgan

29 September, 2010


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Arthur Morgan TD has said the drop in the live register figures announced today is a reflection of the Government’s emigration policy rather than a serious attempt to create employment.

Speaking today Deputy Morgan said:

“Unemployment is the true barometer of economic success and the labour market figures tell their own story. Unemployment is rampant and in the absence of jobs being created people are being forced to leave Ireland in search of work.

“Today’s decrease in the live register by 5,400 people is a reflection of the Government’s emigration policy rather than a serious attempt to create employment.

“It is no surprise that emigration is rampant and that our graduates are looking abroad for meaningful employment as Ireland is one of the few countries in Western Europe trying to get out of recession without an economic stimulus package.

“The Government will commit to put in whatever capital is necessary for splitting Anglo in two and its subsequent recapitalisation, but the economy outside the banks is being grossly neglected.

“Where are the resources for job creation? This Government will announce jobs plans and initiatives but they will not invest the resources that are necessary to actually create the jobs. People cannot come off the Live Register or stay in the country on the back of a jobs announcement.

“The Government may take today’s figures as a positive turning point as we enter a new Dáil term, but today’s figures are the reflection of the Government’s strategy of exporting its people.” ENDS

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