415,000 reasons for a pro-jobs budget

CSOFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Dara Calleary TD, says the latest CSO job
figures reinforce his call for a pro-jobs budget next month.

Figures releases by the CSO reveal that 415,000 people in Ireland were on the Live
Register at the end of August.

“The latest CSO statistics highlight the importance of jobs and job creation in the budget. We need to see practical job creation measures introduced by Minister Richard Bruton next month.

“It is also imperative that the capital budget is not only protected in the budget
but expanded. Investing in capital projects will result in immediate job
creation in the construction sector, which we all know has been one of hardest
hit industries in the recession. The Government has actually underspent the
capital budget this year by €223 million, they are using the capital budget as a
tool to balance their books rather than using the money wisely to create
employment. This needs to change.

“The Government point to the Action Plan for Jobs as their response to the crisis.
They trumpet a whole of government approach but there has been no discernible
change in unemployment levels since they came to office promising 200,000 new
jobs.

“It is clear that the Government is failing to tackle the unemployment crisis in any
meaningful manner. All the glossy jobs initiatives, the high-profile launches
and the big promises have not worked. The long-term unemployment rate is
increasing every single month.

“We need to ensure that we have targeted
employment schemes that result in genuine job opportunities, that we have
sufficient training and up-skilling opportunities for the long-term unemployed
and that we have enough people and resources targeted at getting people back to
work.

“Next month’s budget will be measured on job creation initiatives
that have the ability to support growth in real employment. Anything else is
just more Government spin with no substance.”

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