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Fine Gael and Labour still failing Ireland’s missing generation - Tóibín

25 February, 2015 - by Peadar Tóibín TD


Responding to today’s release of the CSO’s employment figures for 2014 Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín accused Labour and Fine Gael of failing Ireland’s missing generation with 60,900 fewer young people aged between 20 and 34 in employment since both parties entered government.

The Meath West TD said:

“Today’s CSO Q4 QNHS figures released tell us just 26,900 net new jobs were created in 2014, yet Fine Gael and Labour have committed to delivering full employment by 2018 which in effect means they will have to double their record on job creation record from this year on.

“Employment in the West and South West has fallen over the last 12 months with 9,800 fewer people employed across both regions. The two thirds of new jobs going to Dublin highlight the government’s failure to deliver on its commitments to regional development. This two tier approach continues to bite rural communities.

“We’ve seen a further decline in 2014 of the number of young people aged between 20 and 34 in employment and in the labour force. Last year alone saw a drop in employment for this age group of 14,000. Labour and Fine Gael continue to fail Ireland’s missing generation with 60,900 fewer 20 to 34 year olds in employment since both parties entered government.” 

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