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Labour Party in government is kicking young people while they are down- McDonald

19 November, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking in the Dáil tonight, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said that the Labour Party in government is kicking young people while they are down.
Deputy McDonald was speaking on Sinn Féin’s private members business motion on youth unemployment and emigration.
She said:
“Budget 2014 promised a paltry 4,500 additional places for young people. Last year Labour promised 10,000 training places, but so far has only delivered 5,500.
“Government’s over promised and under delivered ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ contains 275 recommended actions – just 4 of these relates to youth.
“This particular shortfall is absolutely astonishing to me. Youth unemployment and emigration is at an historic high and Government response is to allocate just over 1 per cent of an action plan on jobs to getting our young people back to work.
“Not happy to merely kick someone when they are down Joan Burton rumbles up a whopping cut of 30 per cent to jobseekers – despite promising time and again that the Labour would protect basic social welfare payments.
“What makes this dishonestly all the more unpalatable is the absolute brass neck of Labour to trounce itself around the capital city holding public meetings advocating the benefits of a Youth Guarantee it is actively failing to deliver on.
“Just two months ago Fine Gael and Labour MEPs voted against increasing the EU’s budget allocation for youth employment measures.
“Here at home government’s allocated a miserly 14 million euro although no-one, including Labour seems to know what exactly this drop in the ocean will be spent on or what new and additional spending if any is to go towards its Youth Guarantee.
“Sinn Féin has put forward a solid solution to the challenge of funding an ambitious Youth Guarantee programme. We’ve proposed ring-fencing wealth tax income for jobs for young people.”

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