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Government failure to create jobs leaves little option for leaving cert students – Crowe

16 August, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has said the Government must invest in a jobs creation package to stimulate the economy and to give our young people a future in their own country.

Deputy Crowe was speaking at a protest held today by leaving cert students who were highlighting the lack of employment options for them as they leave school and the problem of emigration.

Deputy Crowe said:

“Thousands of leaving certificate students will get their results tomorrow but the unfortunate reality for many of them is that if they cannot afford or do not want to go to college the only option open to them is emigration. That is the sad reality we live in today in Ireland.

“The failure of this and the previous government to invest in a proper economic stimulus and job creation package has extended the unemployment crisis.

“Despite the promises of both Fine Gael and Labour in the run up to the general election they have delivered a miserable jobs initiative with only €29 million of expenditure on capital projects and €11 million on additional training places.

“Fine Gael promised an investment of €7 billion to create 100,000 jobs. Labour promised a jobs fund of €500 million and a Strategic Investment Bank with funds of €2 billion.

“Sinn Fein believes that the government must invest €2 billion from the National Pension Reserve Fund to fast track labour intensive infrastructure projects and to assist small and medium sized businesses to save and create jobs.

“The government should stop using taxpayers’ money to bailout unguaranteed bondholders. Rather they should be using this money to stimulate Ireland’s domestic economy.” ENDS

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