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Emigration masking unemployment figures – Morgan

1 December, 2010

Speaking today after the release of the Live Register Figures for November which showed a reduction in 4,200 people, Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan said the Government’s emigration strategy is masking unemployment figures and the reality is that long term unemployment is on the rise.

Deputy Morgan called on both workers and the unemployed to support Sinn Féin’s rally against the budget this Saturday.

He said:

“This Government based their four year strategy on the fact that 100,000 people would emigrate. This is just another sorry chronicle of that strategy.

“The only target the Government are likely to meet in their projected ‘growth’ plan is the growth in emigration.

“Half of those who have left the live register are under 25. These are the same group of people who are leaving the country in their droves. There is no excuse for this. There is no justification.

“While emigration has offered some easing in the figures signing on, the disturbing fact is that long-term unemployment is on the rise. With the lack of job creation, people are stagnating in unemployment for longer, with little hope of reprieve.

“Unemployment is fast becoming the rule, rather than the exception in this State and the Government have nothing to offer the Irish people other than a second airport terminal so that they may leave the country.

“And now, having failed to stop the haemorrhaging of jobs from Ireland or to create new jobs, the Government is now set to cut the social welfare rate for the unemployed in the upcoming budget.

“This is completely unacceptable and must be resisted. Sinn Féin is calling on people, workers and unemployed, to come out in support of our rally in Dublin this Saturday against the cutbacks which will be included in the Government’s budget next week and against the deal done with the ECB and the IMF.” ENDS

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