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Government policy will take 26 years to tackle unemployment

10 May, 2012

Sinn Féín Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said Peadar Tóibín TD has Simon Coveney’s claim that the government’s job strategy is working is ridiculous. Deputy Tóibín said it would take 26 years at the current rate of job creation to return to the 2007 unemployment level.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Simon Coveney has claimed that the government policy is working and that the number of jobs gained out-striped the number of jobs lost last month. This is one of the most ridiculous claims made by the yes camp and the government.

“Before this crisis there were 174,206 people on the live register in August 2007. The response to this crisis by successive Fainna Fail, Fine Geal and Labour governments has now led to the live register standing at 430,001.

“Since the Government came to power unemployment has changed little. Over the past year there are 9,570 fewer people on the live register.

“It should be noted that last year over 76,000 people emigrated. Without this the live register would be substantially higher. It appears that this government is relying on emigration to keep unemployment in check.

“If Simon Coveney is claiming this reduction as a success of government policy, it will mean that it will take 26 years for unemployment to return to the 2007 level and we will have lost generations to emigration.

“That may be acceptable to Fine Gael but it is not acceptable to the Irish people.”


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