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Jobless figures highlight urgent need for jobs fund – Peadar Tóibín

15 March, 2011

Speaking today after new figures showed that unemployment has risen to 14.7% Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín called for the jobs fund to be urgently set up and sufficiently resourced.

He said:

“Unemployment has rocketed to 14.7% which is the highest level since 1994. The unemployment crisis has now turned to a pandemic. The time for talking has passed. This Government needs to actively ensure jobs are protected and created.

“Given how serious the situation is, the fact that the jobs plan has been kicked down the road in the Programme for Government for 100 days is outrageous. Unemployment is a severe and immediate ailment affecting nearly half a million Irish people. They cannot not be expected to sit and wait while this government review, fudge and dither.

“Either the government has a plan or it does not. The real test of this Government will be whether they can foster the conditions to create jobs, curb emigration and take people from the clasp of long-term unemployment.

“Fine Gael and Labour have previous on this issue. The last time unemployment became this rampant was the last time these parties were in Government. The Programme for Government was high on aspiration for tackling unemployment but scarce on detail. The jobs fund needs to be set up urgently, re-sourced sufficiently and implemented now.

“Reviews won’t take people off the dole. The immediate implementation of a real enterprise policy will.” ENDS

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