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Worrying increase in Youth Unemployment - Reilly

4 February, 2015

Senator Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Youth Affairs has expressed her disappointment at the news that there has been an increase in the number of young people signing on to the live register.

Senator Reilly said:

“It is always disappointing news when live register figures show an increase. The latest figures which show an increase in youth unemployment are particularly worrying. What makes this even more serious is that that 165,300 young people have emigrated in the last five years and there are more than 10,000 less young people in the work now compared with when the government took office.”

“I have said before that I find it abhorrent that we have a government that casually throws out figures outlining a reduction in youth unemployment without any contextualisation of the narrative of the past four years.”

“That these latest figures come on the back of over five years of youth emigration and a reduced number of young people in the workforce would lead you to believe that the government would have devised some coherent and effective strategies. Unfortunately that is not the case; all we have seen is a government more concerned with massaging unemployment figures than searching for a constructive solution.”

 “I am not alone in expressing worry at today’s news, James Doorley, National Youth Council of Ireland director stated earlier that the increase was ‘…a timely reminder that a continual and consistent focus must be kept on the issue of youth unemployment’.” 

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