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Assembly to debate All Ireland Job Creation Strategy

17 October, 2011 - by Phil Flanagan

The Assembly will today, Monday 17th October, debate a Sinn Féin motion calling for the development of an all-Ireland Job Creation Strategy.

Speaking ahead of the motion, the Party's Enterprise Spokesperson, Phil Flanagan MLA said:

"The length and breadth of Ireland, people are suffering as a result of this economic crisis, which is not of their making. The main item on most people's agenda is the lack of jobs. This is something that the Executive in the North and the Dublin Government need to work much more closely on.

"As the motion states, we are calling for the establishment of an all-island job creation strategy, under the auspices of the North South Ministerial Council. This would be chaired jointly by both Enterprise Ministers on the island - by Arlene Foster in the north and by Richard Bruton in the south. This strategy would focus on areas of high unemployment across the island.

"It is no coincidence that the areas closest to the border suffer from even higher incidence of unemployment and lack of services than other areas. If we do not take immediate and effective action to address the ever rising levels of unemployment across Ireland, then we will simply continue exporting our best asset, our people.

"Unemployment and emigration is an island wide problem and therefore it requires an island wide solution. It doesn't matter whether you're from Tralee, Tallaght or Tempo; if you don't have a job, the challenges faced are the same.

"In this time of economic frugality, it makes no sense to waste resources on duplication in our approach to employment problems, as we already do in our health, emergency and welfare services.

"We cannot allow another generation to be failed by ineffective government policies - an all-Ireland job creation strategy would be a very important step towards the recovery of this island's economy."

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