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Sinn Féin youth jobs plan can beat emigration – Reilly

8 February, 2011


Speaking at the Jeannie Johnston in Dublin’s docklands to highlight the 100,000 young people who will be forced to emigrate in the next two years, Sinn Féin’s Kathryn Reilly has said that a comprehensive youth jobs plan must be implemented by any incoming government as a priority.

 

Launching the party’s proposals for youth job creation the Cavan/Monaghan candidate said that Sinn Féin’s fully costed and credible proposals have the potential to get 50,000 young people under 25 off the dole immediately and create many more jobs in the years ahead.

 

Reilly said:

 

“As a young person who has seen many of my friends forced to leave their families, their friends and their home country in search of work, I know all too well what a lack of action on youth unemployment can do. 

 

“Without a serious youth jobs plan we are in danger of losing a generation of talented young people to emigration. They have been failed by the previous government. They must not be failed by the next.

 

“The absolute priority for any incoming government must be to implement a comprehensive youth jobs plan which works and which will get people back to work or into training.

 

“Our costed and credible proposals have the potential to get 50,000 young people off the dole immediately and create many more jobs in the years ahead.

 

“Our proposals include:

·         A youth jobs fund to create 20,000 new jobs

·         An individual plan for the long-term prospects of every person under 25 on the live register

·         2,000 places on a ‘One More Language Scheme’ to give the young unemployed a chance to learn an extra foreign language

·         5,000 free ECDL places

·         10,000 new CE places

·         1,000 places on conversion courses at third level to help graduates convert their skills to potential growth sectors

·         8 measures to treble the number of under 25s who are self-employed including a national entrepreneurship programme, access to credit and greater support for high-potential start-ups

·         A publicly owned green tech firm for Ireland and a major drive to attract FDI in renewable energy

·         Making Ireland a digital media leader through support for skills, infrastructure and entrepreneurship

·         A ‘National Development Scheme’ to employ people directly on public works projects employing 2,000 workers

·         Lifting of the suspension on the early farm retirement scheme to make farming an option for younger people

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