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Baxter job cuts a major blow to Mayo economy

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the news that one of Co Mayo’s largest employers is cutting its workforce in Castlebar comes as a major blow to the local economy. Deputy Calleary said, “My first thoughts are with the staff at Baxter in Castlebar and their families. This news is particularly upsetting in the lead up to Christmas. “The staff must be must be given every support possible as decisions are made about voluntary redundancies.  Baxter has been an excellent employer in Co Mayo for decades.  Many of the staff will have worked there for years.  Everything must be done to ensure that they are offered redundancy […]

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OECD report a wake-up call on jobs crisis

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the OECD report published today must wake the Government up from its complacency over the jobs crisis, in particular the deeply worrying levels of long-term unemployment and youth unemployment. “In recent weeks Ministers have been repeatedly congratulating themselves on the rise in employment reported by the Quarterly National Household Survey. However they conveniently ignored the warning from the CSO that a significant part of the reported increase may not reflect any actual real new jobs,” said Deputy Calleary. “As the OECD report points out, we risk losing an entire generation of young people unless we tackle the problem of youth unemployment […]

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415,000 reasons for a pro-jobs budget

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Fianna 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 […]

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Employment growth welcome but recovery under threat from mortgage crisis and lack of SME lending

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has warned that the limited progress that has been made in getting people back to work will be further hampered by the ongoing credit squeeze for small businesses as well as the mortgage crisis. Deputy Calleary commented: “I welcome the figures from the Central Statistics Office today which show the number of people in employment rose by almost 34,000 in the year to June.  Any progress in easing the jobs crisis has to be welcomed.  However alongside this news today we see figures from the Central Bank which show lending to small businesses fell again in the second quarter of this […]

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Radical new approach needed to tackle unemployment crisis

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has called for an urgent and radical change in the Government’s approach to tackling the jobs crisis, as long-term unemployment reaches alarming levels. According to the latest CSO figures published today, 44% of those on the Live Register are now trapped in long-term unemployment and the unemployment rate remains stuck at 14%. “The IMF has this week described the jobs crisis here as ‘staggering’ with an alarming 23% of the labour force now either unemployed or underemployed.  Behind these figures are people in extreme difficulty who feel there are no realistic work options available to them,” said Deputy Calleary. “It is clear that […]

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