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O’Brien urges government to accept Sinn Féin motion on youth guarantee

19 November, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

The Dáil will this evening begin a debate on a Sinn Féin sponsored Private Members’ Motion calling for a Youth Guarantee that provides all young people with a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed.

The motion calls for an investment of €400m for this purpose as recommended by National Youth Council of Ireland and International Labour Organisation funding model.

Speaking today ahead of the debate Sinn Féin Jobs spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien said:

“Our young people want to work, live and contribute to Irish Society. However the government has failed to provide opportunities and many young people face the choice of emigration or the dole. In the meantime benefits for the young unemployed have been cut.

“Youth employment must be a priority for this government. The creation of Youth employment must be fully funded. The government has allocated a paltry €14million for the youth guarantee. This is completely inadequate.

“The government needs to stop using emigration as a safety valve for its unemployment problem. We are losing a whole generation, the very people we need to rebuild our economy.

“I am urging the government to recognise the scale the youth unemployment problem and to accept Sinn Féin’s motion this evening.”



Fógra Tairisceana : Notice of Motion


“That Dáil Éireann:
notes that:

our young people want to work and contribute but are starved of the opportunity of quality employment;

64,700 young people are officially unemployed;

the unemployment rate for persons aged under 25 is almost 30 per cent;

many thousands more are not in employment, training or education but not captured in the official statistics;

the number of young people in employment has fallen by 18,000 since Fine Gael and the Labour Party took office;

since 2010, 105,000 young people have emigrated;

under this Government the rate of overall emigration and net outward migration has increased;

Budget 2014 only provides an additional €14 million for the Youth Guarantee Scheme; and

according to the National Youth Council of Ireland, Budget 2014 will, at best, provide 3,250 new labour activation places for persons aged under 25; and
calls on the Government to:

adequately fund a Youth Guarantee Scheme that provides all young people with a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed;

allocate €400 million for this purpose, as recommended by the National Youth Council of Ireland and the International Labour Organisation funding model;

make youth employment a key priority and theme for the Action Plan for Jobs 2014;

set annual targets for youth employment and reduction in emigration; and

reverse the cuts to the basic rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance for persons aged under 26 that were introduced in Budget 2014.” — Jonathan O'Brien, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, Michael Colreavy, Seán Crowe, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Sandra McLellan, Brian Stanley.

[15 November, 2013]

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