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Government’s austerity has failed young people – Senator Kathryn Reilly

22 July, 2014

Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has stated that the Government’s programme of austerity has failed young people and she called on the new cabinet to change direction in order to provide a real future here at home.

Speaking following a demonstration organised by Sinn Féin Republican Youth outside Leinster House today, Senator Reilly said;

“The frustration and anger of younger people will not subside simply because the Oireachtas is in recess until September. We need to see a change of direction coming from the new cabinet and they do not have to wait until the Oireachtas resumes to set this in motion. Discussions should be happening now between Ministers on how to address the critical issues of emigration, youth unemployment and quality education and training options.

“Exploitative schemes such as JobBridge are not acceptable. Sinn Féin MEPS only last week called on the EU Commission to start investing in citizens. We need this government to begin investing in young people.

“This protest today was about highlighting that young people will not tolerate these new faces in cabinet playing the same austerity tune of their predecessors.”

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