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Unemployed workers suffering as a result of FÁS debacle – Morgan

1 October, 2009

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise Arthur Morgan TD has said ordinary unemployed workers are suffering as a consequence of the inability or unwillingness of An Tanisate Mary Coughlan TD to sort out the debacle at FÁS.  Morgan welcomed the resignation of FÁS chairman Peter McLoone and the announcement that the announcement that the Bord of FÁS are to step down.

Morgan said:

“The debacle at FÁS has to come to an end.  Reform has to be implemented as quickly as possible.  The entire board has lost the public’s confidence and I welcome today’s announcement that they are to step down.   I have already called for the Tánaiste to resign – she has stood over the indecent golden handshake to disgraced former Director General Rody Molloy and has shown herself incapable of addressing the unemployment crisis and getting FÁS doing the job it is funded to do.

“A new board needs to start addressing the dire unemployment crisis and putting in place training and up-skilling programs to meet the needs of unemployed workers.  The fact that this mess has been dragging on for the last 18 months is hugely damaging – time is being lost during which training and up-skilling to assist in the economic recovery could have been put in place.

“The latest revelation that Rody Molloy was allowed to keep a state car worth over €20,000 will sicken most people. For most people the response to this is simple - the package given to Rody Molloy should be reneged on.  The car and the money should be taken back.” ENDS

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