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CSO figures demonstrate that government is failing to tackle unemployment – Tóibín

12 December, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on jobs, enterprise and innovation Peadar Tóibín TD has said that the figures released today by the CSO demonstrate that the Fine Gael/Labour government is failing to tackle unemployment.

Deputy Tóibín was responding to the publication of the latest CSO Quarterly National Household Survey which shows that by the end of the third quarter of the year there were 314,700 people officially unemployed, an increase of 15,700 on the previous year.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Unemployment under this government is increasing, long term unemployment is increasing and emigration is increasing.

“The few small scale initiatives launched by the government are grossly disproportionate to the immense scale of the crisis. The €20 million job training programme launched in the budget will create 6,500 short term training spaces at a time when over 5,000 people are losing their jobs or becoming unemployed each month. At the same time the government will put 150 times this figure into the Anglo Promissory note in January.

“In the budget last week we saw VAT increases and the failure to act on upward only rents that are crippling business. Nothing was done to reform rates, energy costs were increased and business credit remains frozen. Broadband and transport costs will increase without any increase in capacity. By cutting grants for external insulation the government actually stifled growth in a sector that was growing over the last 12 months.

“Growth and jobs should be foremost on the government’s agenda but the evidence proves otherwise. We in Sinn Féin believe that this economic crisis will not be resolved until job creation and growth are moved centre stage. We have detailed in our alternative budget a costed method of creating 60,000 jobs while safeguarding 96,000 others.

“These figures demonstrate that this government is failing to tackle unemployment. It is time for them to start taking job creation seriously.”

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