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Tallaght unemployment growing - Crowe

12 October, 2006

Sinn Féin Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has accused the Government of continuing to abandon Tallaght after questioning Minister Kitt about unemployment in the area in the Dáil. Deputy Crowe pointed out that despite declining numbers of people signing on the live register across the state, there were 3,423 people signing on in September of this year, compared to 3,291 last year.


The Dublin South-West TD said: “Tallaght should be an economic hub because it is so close to transport centres, such as major roads. Unfortunately, over the last year traditional industries have decided to move to cheaper locations. We have seen an increase in the number of people receiving unemployment payments. Specific strategies are normally introduced in economic areas where there have been significant job losses, like those which have been experienced in Tallaght over the last year. We have not seen the various agencies coming together in the Tallaght area, however. 


“I asked the Minister of State to explain why so many people in the Tallaght area are unemployed. I asked him why there are 888 people under the age of 25 on the Live Register in Tallaght. I asked him why we have not seen the kind of specific strategies to tackle job losses for the Tallaght area that we have seen in other parts of the country. He could not answer because to do so would be to admit that the economic growth in the wider economy is bypassing many key areas like Tallaght.


“We are overly dependent on construction and low-wage retail jobs in Tallaght. The training opportunities available in the area for the workforce to upskill are far too limited and I am calling again on the Minister to bring together a multi-departmental job creation strategy for the people of Tallaght.”



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