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Sinn Féin pushes for meeting with EU Commission over jobs plan

8 February, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin’s EU spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has written to European Commission President requesting that Sinn Fein be afforded the opportunity to meet with the EU Commission reps being sent to discuss how Ireland intends to use the “youth jobs initiative” agreed at last week’s council meeting. Last week President Barroso wrote to An Taoiseach to outline his way of working on this issue.

Senator Reilly said:

“I have written to President Barroso requesting my Sinn Féin colleague Peadar Toibín and I meet with the representatives of the commission to learn the detail of what they are proposing and to present them Sinn Fein’s ideas on tackling youth unemployment.

“There is a general consensus that this ‘jobs initiative’ is too short on detail and too conveniently timed to distract from the signing of the austerity treaty to be taken seriously but I am prepared to meet the Commission and listen to their plans.

“We in Sinn Féin have detailed plans to tackle youth unemployment. What is needed is a detailed and funded plan, not half-hearted initiatives which go hand-in-hand with austerity pacts.” ENDS

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