Young unemployed people deserve a future with hope – Maurice Quinlivan TD
The Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has accused the government of squandering the future of young people.
Speaking in response to a report from the OECD titled ‘Society at a Glance 2016’ which showed Ireland with the highest number of young people receiving unemployment and disability benefits among the 35 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),
Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Twenty-five percent of young Irish people between the ages of 15 to 29 are in receipt of unemployment and disability benefits compared a figure of 10 per cent across all OECD countries.
“Ireland’s only claim to fame in this report is its alarmingly high rates of youth unemployment.
“According to the report the number of young people employed in Ireland actually halved between 2007 and 2014.
“The high rate of young people on disability benefit – at five percent – is also shocking as such payments tend to be long-term.
“These figures are a national scandal and make a mockery of the government’s spin about economic recovery.
“I am calling on the ministers to introduce a comprehensive apprenticeship scheme targeted specifically at young unemployed people without further delay.
“The government must also implement the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities as a matter of urgency.
“Young people deserve a future and they should not be made pay the price for the government’s failed polices of austerity.”