Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Unemployment rises for women despite government’s jobs rhetoric- Lynn Boylan MEP

2 December, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has accused the government of ignoring the plight of low paid workers, especially women as CSO statistics show that the number of unemployed women increased in November.

Ms Boylan, who is lead author for the employment committee on a report on poverty from a gender perspective, said:

“Unfortunately due to the increasing prevalence of low hour contracts, a lack of affordable childcare and cuts to lone parent allowance women continue to be disproportionately affected by unemployment.

“While new jobs are always welcome, more needs to be done to ensure more women are in the workplace, cutting supports won’t help.

“The statistics speak for themselves.

“According to,

“Childcare costs in Ireland are 40% of the average wage; over three times the EU average and the highest in the OECD, this does little to encourage low paid women into the workplace.

“Ireland also has double the EU percentage of households consisting of a lone parent with dependent children.

The impact of statistics like this are long-term with significant implications for pensions further down the road.   

“My report will focus on how austerity policies are disproportionately impacting on women and why we need to gender proof all government decisions. 

One very positive step that could be taken to address why more women find themselves living in poverty.

“Sinn Féin has consistently called for equality budgeting but only last month Fine Gael and Labour once again voted down an amendment to the Finance Bill in support of Equality Budgeting.

“One might not expect any better from Fine Gael but it is unbelievable that women are being failed so badly under Labour's watch.”

Connect with Sinn Féin