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Job creation the cornerstone of economic growth – Tóibín

4 May, 2011

Speaking in a Dáil debate on the revised EU/IMF programme Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Peadar Tóibín said:

“It is very telling that amidst all the detailed proposals on banking, finance, wages and social welfare contained in this revised EU/IMF Programme, there is only on small paragraph that refers to job creation.

“There are no targets for job creation, no spending commitments to get people into employment or to help small and medium enterprises to save or create jobs. In short there is no plan to reduce unemployment, create jobs, stimulate the economy and reverse the decades of wreckage imposed on our economy and society by the previous Fianna Fail Government.

“The election campaign a couple of weeks ago saw all the parties out-bid each other with promised job creation programmes and packages.

“And yet, now that Fine Gael and Labour are in power, talk of job creation has been replaced with threats of wage cuts in the public and private sector, threats of cuts to front line public spending and threats of increased taxes on low and middle income earners.

“Sinn Fein believes that job creation is central to recovery. Job creation is the oxygen which is necessary to keep all levels of society functioning, from individual families to the society to the nation.

“Job creation is the cornerstone of economic growth and growth cannot happen without investment in jobs. This Government must stand up to their electoral commitments and face reality – cuts will not grow the economy, start creating the jobs.”

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