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Emer Costello selling Dublin youth a pig in a poke – Lynn Boylan

13 November, 2013 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin EU Candidate Lynn Boylan has today accused Labour MEP Emer Costello of selling young people a pig in a poke on her promised Youth Guarantee.

The Dublin EU Candidate said:

“Time and again Emer Costello tells us that tackling youth unemployment is her priority, and that a Youth Guarantee is a key component of any strategy to get our young people back into education, training or work.

“Yet now it appears that the objective of ensuring good-quality employment, education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed for the under 25s will not be realised.

“Following the government’s Budget 2014 announcement last month Sinn Féin warned that €14 million was simply not a sufficient investment to tackle rising unemployment amongst the under 25s, or indeed the forced emigration of our young people.

“Official youth unemployment is at 30% and there are 16,700 less young people employed than when Labour and Fine Gael came into government in 2011. Tackling these figures in a meaningful way requires ambitious investment.

“Ring-fencing of revenue generated from a Wealth Tax could fund such a programme of investment in our young people here at home and help create the environment for our young people to return home. It is astonishing that the Labour party, in government, refuses to even discuss a Wealth Tax.

“What is even more incredible is that Dublin MEP Emer Costello recently voted against increasing the EU’s budget allocation for youth employment measures. Additional monies invested in our young people could have ensured that the target of getting the under 25s into work, training or education within 4 months of being unemployed could have been realised.

“Emer Costello, like her Labour party colleagues in government, has sold Dublin’s young people a pig in poke.”

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