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Sinn Féin publish Youth Guarantee Private Members Motion – O Snodaigh

17 November, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin has published a private members motion, to be debated in the Dáil next Tuesday and Wednesday, 19th and 20th 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. The motion follows

Sinn Féin spokesperson for social protection, Aengus O Snodaigh said:

“This government has cut the benefits to young people while failing to deliver jobs. It is clear that our young people want to work, live and contribute to Irish Society. However this government has failed to provide opportunities and many young people face the choice of emigration or the dole.

“In the last budget the government cut benefits to young people and have failed to put in place an adequate plan to deliver quality jobs, training or continued education.

Youth employment must be a priority for this government and addressed as such in the action plan for jobs. The creation of Youth employment must be fully funded, the €14 million for the Youth Guarantee is wholly inadequate and presents a sticking plaster approach to the issue.

“We hope that the government will recognise the scale of the problems facing this generation, our whole economy and communities across the states. We hope that the government will stop relying on emigration to cover their failure and instead make it a fully funded priority for government.”

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