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Youth unemployment figures show failure of government policy – Reilly

2 September, 2011


Sinn Féin spokesperson on young people, Senator Kathryn Reilly, speaking today about the 88,000 people under the age of 25 on the live register, said the policies of the government are failing young people, their families and their communities.

Senator Reilly said:

“There are 88,000 people under the age of 25 on the live register. This is an outrage and does not even include the figures for youth emigration. Our educated and skilled young people are leaving in their droves. Families, communities and the country are losing a generation. These are the very people who, given the opportunity, would provide the foundation for economic growth.

“Since this government came to power youth unemployment has increased by 8.34%. The policies of the government are failing our young people, failing us all.

“It is an insult that high paid ministers talk about unemployment being a lifestyle choice, when the only choice facing our young people is the dole or the boat.

“Sinn Féin has advocated investment in our young people and the economy. We have put forward plans to invest in jobs, education and training.

“Unlike our young people this government has choices to make. It can continue with the failed policies of cutting public services and paying billions to failed speculators or it can invest in our young people and economy.” ENDS

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