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No relief for unemployed in Government Jobs Initiative – Séan Crowe

12 May, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Seán Crowe, TD, has described this week’s publication of the Government’s Jobs Initiative as an ‘inadequate response to the spiralling unemployment crisis’.

Deputy Crowe, who spoke on the matter today in the Dáil said:

“The proposals announced this week lack ambition and fall way short of the commitments made during the election by FG and Labour who promised to generate 45,000 new employment and training places.

“Their very modest proposals show they have reneged on their promises and represent a serious downgrading of the Programme for Government and Jobs Initiative.

“And whilst any increase in placements in this area is to be welcomed, the fact that the total spend in this area amounts to €29million, of which a meagre €11 million is additional, speaks volumes about this Government’s commitment to the unemployed.

“It suggests a lack of commitment on the part of the government to help the unemployed or those on low or middle incomes.

“It’s seems acceptable to tax the bejaysus out of ordinary people but by contrast there is always some barrier or lame excuse when it comes to taxing the wealthy, particularly those who ultimately created this crisis.

“Current unemployment trends illustrate the extent of the challenge facing this government - job losses are destroying the social cohesion of rural and urban communities. Addressing the unemployment crisis was supposed to be central to the FG/Labour parties’ plans to stimulate our economy yet does anyone believe that Tuesday’s proposals contained in the Government’s Jobs Initiative will have any meaningful impact?

“It certainly will not inspire hope of a new beginning in anyone suffering the effects of unemployment.”

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