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Three month stall in unemployment figures a wakeup call for government –Tóibín

5 August, 2015

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Peadar Tóibín TD, has highlighted the continued crisis in unemployment in Ireland, as evidenced by statistics released by CSO today showing static jobless rates over the previous three months.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Ireland continues to suffer an unemployment crisis. With hundreds of thousands of people living in families that want to work, but through the lack of employment opportunities are completely dependent on Social Welfare. Families in these situations are in real risk of losing their homes and of poverty.

“Significantly the unemployment rate in this state has not changed in three months. One in five young people cannot find a job, a figure that is getting worse in recent months. This is a major cause of concern. These sticky unemployment figures need to act as a wakeup call.

“Fine Gael and Labour are in danger of believing their own propaganda. While the state has seen lower unemployment figures in recent years, the most significant impact on those figures to date has been the hundreds of thousands of young people emigrating and the 80,000 people on action schemes.

“To fix this problem the government needs to first recognise the deeply divided nature of the two-tier economy. Economic activity is up in the greater Dublin region, but growth has been negligible elsewhere. Economic growth is heavily distorted towards the FDI sector however much of the indigenous sector remains the poor relation.

"There is also a significant divide between landlord and tenant with Irish competitiveness being radically eroded through rising commercial and residential rents.”

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