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Sinn Féin publishes PMB motion on Youth Guarantee

15 November, 2013

Sinn Féin has today published a private members motion, to be debated in the Dáil next Tuesday and Wednesday, 19 and 20 November, which seeks a Youth Guarantee that provides all young people with a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed.

It will also call on the Government to allocate €400m for this purpose as recommended by National Youth Council of Ireland and International Labour Organisation funding model.

Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Youth Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly said:

“This government has been dragging its feet on youth unemployment. There are over 18,000 more young people unemployed today than when the government than when Fine Gael and Labour took office in 2011. 64,700 young people are officially unemployed in this state. Many thousands more are not in employment, training or education but not captured in official states. This is a very worrying element of the whole youth unemployment crisis. However, it is one which is rarely discussed.

“We have to acknowledge that under this government the rate of overall emigration and net outward migration has increase. The depressing reality is that 105,000 young people have emigrated since 2010. These people have been left no other choice as a result of the government’s regressive economic policies.”

“The Sinn Féin motion is calling on the government to develop and fund a real Youth Guarantee and to not persist with a collection of programmes that offer very little to those participating. Youth unemployment is a substantial problem for individuals and the wider economy. It requires more than lip-service and PR lines. We cannot hope to recover while our youth remain economically marginalised.

“Budget 2014 only provided an additional €14 million for the Youth Guarantee which will at best provide 3,250 new labour activation places for the under 25s. We are calling on the government to ensure funding of €400m is available for this purpose as recommended by National Youth Council of Ireland and International Labour Organisation funding model.

“The government must make Youth employment a key priority and theme for the Jobs Action Plan 2014. It must also reverse the cuts to the basic rate of job seekers allowance for the under 26s that were introduced in Budget 2014.

“It is high time that Fine Gael and Labour woke up to the youth unemployment crisis in this state. Their approach has been to stick the head in sand and pretend that it doesn’t exist.”

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