Government spin on jobs no substitute for real recovery - Cllr Eoin O Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has accused Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Deputy Robert Dowds of being ‘out of touch with the reality of peoples lives’ after they claimed that the latest local live register figures signalled a ‘great positive start to 2015’ and indicated ‘strong growth and a tangible recovery’.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘According to the latest CSO figures there were 23 less people signing on in Lucan and Clondalkin in December compared with November.
‘As always we do not know whether these people secured employment, emigrated, took up training or were simply cut off from their payments.‘However Government TDs have been falling over themselves with self-praise. Minister Fitzgerald said that the marginal drop signalled a ‘great positive start to 2015’. Deputy Dowds said that the fall indicated ‘strong growth and a tangible recovery.’
‘Our local TDs are clearly out of touch with the reality of people’s lives across Dublin Mid-West.‘The failure of Fine Gael and Labour to keep their election promises on investment in job creation has meant that the speed of recovery has been unacceptably slow. The Governments four deeply unfair budgets, as confirmed by the ESRI, have also meant that what little recovery is taking place is only benefiting those at the top.
‘For the vast majority of families 2015 will start with property tax and water charge bills. Meanwhile the ESRI confirmed that Budget 2015 will actually result in a loss of income for 60% of households with only the richest 10% benefiting in real terms.
‘This is hardly something to be celebrating. People are fed up of Government spin. They want real investment in job creation. They want properly paid employment. The want the property tax and water charges abolished. And they want an end to the unfairness that has been the hallmark of this Government since taking office in 2011.
‘This can only be achieved with a change of Government. Enda Kenny should call a general election and let the people decide whether they think his Government is doing a good job.’