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Labour deliberately oblivious to youth crisis – Reilly

2 March, 2015

Sinn Féin party spokesperson on Youth Affairs, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has expressed her disbelief that over the past weekend the Labour Party had virtually ignored the youth crisis in Ireland, and where they had addressed it, they did so as if they not played a part exasperating it.

Senator Reilly said:

 “Like Fine Gael last weekend, the Labour Party have this weekend cheer led this government’s work, or lack thereof, in the area of youth affairs.”

“Their obliviousness to the youth crisis in Ireland at the moment is so bizarre, that in the midst of all the self-congratulation on their performance in government, the party members passed a motion calling for the government to reinstate welfare payments for those under the age of 26 which had been cut in Budget 2014.”

“So here we had the Labour Party calling on the Labour Party to reinstate welfare payments that the Labour Party had slashed in Budget 2014.”

“Despite all the bombastic rhetoric emanating from Killarney, the reality is that young people have become more marginalised under this government. Young people are over twice as likely to be unemployed than the national average, they have suffered welfare discrimination because of their age, and they have emigrated in higher numbers than any other age group.”

“Both Labour and Fine Gael have thrown out the reduction of youth unemployment as proof that they have remedied the youth crisis in Ireland. However, what they fail to mention is that in the last five years over 165,000 young people, aged between 16 and 25, have emigrated, and there are now 60,900 fewer young people between the ages of 20 and 34 in employment since this government took office.”

“If it’s a core Labour Party policy to insult the young people of Ireland, then they fulfilled the implementation of it this weekend.” 

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