Dublin: Sinn Fein Warns That Another 50,000 Must Emigrate Without Targeted Jobs Fund

9 Feb

ANOTHER 50,000 people will emigrate without targeted investment in job creation for the under 25s, was the stark warning from Sinn Féin yesterday. Launching the party’s proposed solutions for youth unemployment, entitled No Job, No Future, No Way, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh attacked the record of previous Fine Gael/Labour administrations.

Referring to the 1982-87 coalition government, he said: “During that period, unemployment reached a then record figure of 232,000. Over 150,000 people left this state, over half of whom were third-level graduates.

Mr Ó Snodaigh added: “That is the future that a Fine Gael/Labour coalition of cuts represents.”

According to the Sinn Féin policy document, as a “legacy of the Celtic tiger” many young people over the last decade have left education early and entered sectors of the economy, such as construction, where there skills are no longer needed.

Among the party’s proposals to re-skill these young people for new economic roles is the drawing up of an individual plan for the long-term prospects of every person under 25 on the live register.

A 2,000-place One More Language Scheme, to give the young unemployed a chance to learn an extra foreign language, is costed at €20 million. Also 1,000 places are proposed to be created on conversion courses at third-level to help graduates convert their skills to potential growth sectors, which is costed at €15m.

These schemes would be in addition to the establishment of a €500m youth jobs fund aimed at creating 20,000 new jobs.

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