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Live register figures show result of Government inaction on jobs – Morgan

1 July, 2009

Speaking today as live register figures showed that unemployment has risen to 10.9% Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD accused the Government of delaying and procrastinating in securing action to get the country back to work.

Deputy Morgan said, “Today’s live register figures are extremely worrying. Not only do they highlight the grave crisis facing this country, but they also exemplify the ignorance of the Government in taking positive action to stem the haemorrhaging of jobs and creating new employment opportunities.

“If the sum total of the action that has been taken by the Government since April is the announcement of a Taskforce to advise on how to stimulate employment, the country is in dire trouble. We need action, we need jobs, we need leadership – we do not need Fianna Fáil pledging action, we need Government capable of action.

“In March 2009 Sinn Féin published an action plan ‘Getting Ireland Back to Work’ and we put forward 80 concrete and attainable proposals urgently required for job retention and job creation. Two months later and as the Dáil is about to rise for the summer recess nothing has been done. Rather than take aboard or consult the resources available to them, the government has delayed and procrastinated in securing action that will get, and keep, the Irish people in employment.

“Brian Cowen, Mary Coughlan and Brian Lenihan may be ignorant in bliss that their jobs will be waiting for them after the summer recess, but how many ordinary Irish people will be able to say the same. This Government’s mantra appears to be see no employment, hear no employment, speak no employment.” ENDS

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