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Government relying on emigration to address jobs crisis – Tóibín

1 February, 2012

Speaking as the latest CSO unemployment figures were released today Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Peadar Tóibín TD said:

“It has been nearly a year since this government took office and there are still almost 440,000 people on the live register. The figures include a dramatic increase in long term unemployment with almost 200,000 people unemployed for a year or more.

“Fine Gael and Labour policy over the past year has failed to tackle unemployment with around 76,000 people estimated to have emigrated. It appears that the government is relying on emigration to address the jobs crisis. The austerity treaty agreed this week will tie the hands of future governments and lock the next generation into flat growth and high unemployment.

“This government has plenty to offer in terms of platitudes and promises but sadly neither creates jobs. We are told that jobs are the number one priority but frustratingly this government has failed to draw down funds from the European Globalisation Fund and the European Progress Microfinance Facility. Promises have been broken on upward only rent, unfair rates, rigid energy costs and enterprise development reform.

“It is time for the government to bridge the chasm between rhetoric and action.”

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