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Youth unemployment figures stagnate- Lynn Boylan MEP

2 September, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to come clean about the rate of youth unemployment in Ireland.

Commenting today on CSO statistics Ms. Boylan said:

“The figures clearly indicate that the level of Youth Unemployment has stagnated at 20.7%, holding here for the past three months.

“This figure has is compounded by a number of factors.

“Critically the fact that the Government has yet to implement many of the recommendations put forward in various reports published in 2014/2015 relating to the Youth Guarantee Scheme and the dramatic fall in those taking up place on the exploitative JobBridge scheme.

“To me this is a clear indication that this Government has relied on JobBridge, and similar schemes, not as a method of up-skilling, but as a cynical mechanism to reduce live register figures.

“In doing so, Minister Burton has failed to address the underlying issues facing young people attempting to access the labour market.

“Sinn Féin has presented the Tánaiste with a raft of alternatives and measures which seek to tackle youth unemployment.

“However our focus, unlike the Governments, is on decent pay for decent work, where a reduction in the live register is not the main aim but rather a symptom of a progressive welfare system.”

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