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Government failing miserably to deal with youth unemployment – Reilly

6 March, 2012


Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on youth affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has said that this government is failing miserably to deal with the issue of youth unemployment.

Senator Reilly raised the issue of emigration in the Seanad today.

Reilly was speaking in a debate on the government’s “Jobs Action Plan” in the Seanad where she challenged Jobs Minister Richard Bruton to say how the government is responding to the jobs crisis among our young people.

Senator Reilly said:

“Minister Bruton had a chance today to state how this government is going to deal specifically with the issue of youth unemployment which is standing at as high as 30% but he failed to do so.

“I challenged the Minster today to set out how he will reduce the numbers of our young people who are unemployed and to set out how this government is going to tackle the related issue of emigration.

“On top of this I asked the Minister what ideas the government brought to the table when the EU’s “action team” on youth unemployment was here last week.

“Again, no answer was forthcoming. Sinn Féin has and will continue to put practical and realistic ideas on the table on how tackle youth unemployment. We have put forward proposals such as assessing each individual unemployed young person and setting out a plan to get them back to work. We have also proposed making more CE schemes available specifically to young people.

“This government seems to have no interest when it comes to the issue of youth unemployment.

“Sinn Féin will continue to prioritise getting young people into work and offering them the possibility of a life and a job in Ireland.”

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