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Long Term Unemployed Need Work Not Promises – Cullinane

18 July, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin enterprise, jobs and innovation spokesperson, Senator David Cullinane, welcomed the unveiling today by an Taoiseach of his latest plan to get 75,000 of our long term unemployed off the live register. However, he stated that it was clear that this government is more concerned with presentation than delivery.

Senator Cullinane said:

“In 2012, the government announced the Action Plan for Jobs, with the promise of 100,000 additional new jobs in the economy by 2016.

“The government has also promised 10,000 additional jobs in the financial services sector and 20,000 in the manufacturing sector.

In the 2012 Action Plan for Jobs an Taoiseach said:

The top priority of the Government is to get Ireland back to work. It is the all‐consuming obsession of every Cabinet Minister at a time when we have never seen more people unemployed. Economic recovery has to be matched by a jobs recovery. There will be no rest until we create opportunities for everyone who wants to work

“Behind the rhetoric and hubris, all that this government has delivered is increased long term unemployment, increased emigration and increased part time unemployment. While the government can rightly claim that Fianna Fail brought the economy to its knees, it is clear that the policies of this government have kept us there.

“Since this government came to power:

· 24,000 jobs for the young people have been lost.

· Over 187,000 people have left the county.

· Part-time work has replaced full-time work, where over 10,700 net full-time jobs have been lost and replaced by 14,400 part-time jobs.


“For jobs to be created, it is estimated that the economy needs to grow by 2%. Since this government came to power the economy has flat-lined and is now back in recession.

“If the government is serious about creating jobs, it must create economic growth. It must stop taking money out of the economy and invest at a scale to match the problems our people face. Sinn Féin has identified how this can be done.

“We do not need another press conference, action plan or promise. Our people need jobs, our indigenous sector needs support, and our domestic economy needs real and sustained growth.”

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