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Government jobs initiative in tatters – Tóibín

31 August, 2011

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Peadar Tóibín TD has claimed that, “the government's Jobs Initiative lies in tatters after today’s unemployment figures highlighted the deepening crisis facing our communities.”

Speaking after the Central Statistics Office released figures showing that unemployment increased by 1,600 in August, Deputy Tóibín said:

“Unemployment now lies at 469,713. Since this government launched their much hyped Jobs Initiative in May unemployment has actually increased by nearly 30,000 people. It is now clear that the government’s jobs initiative lies in tatters. The government, no longer part of the solution, is now part of the problem."

“The policies of austerity being pursued by this government are actually contributing to growing unemployment queues. They are forcing companies to the wall and people on to the dole.

“These increased unemployment figures come on the back of further revelations yesterday that banks are refusing to provide loans to businesses that are attempting to expand and create jobs. It is unacceptable that the government is pumping billions into the very banks who are refusing to invest in Irish jobs.

“Sinn Féin will continue to propose economic policies that would invest in the economy, provide jobs, increases our tax revenue and strengthen our public services.” ENDS

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