Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Willie O’Dea has said the most alarming figures contained in today’s CSO report on the Live Register is the increase in the number of long-term unemployed, up 10.7% in the year to March to 184,465.
Deputy O’Dea said: “The decrease in the number of people signing on the Live Register, down 3,000 for the month of March is welcome but it’s clear that what the Government has been doing in the form of the Jobs Initiative and the Budget is not having the desired impact. We know from previous experience that the longer people are out of work the harder it is for them to get back into work.
“Over 37,000 people joined the Live Register in March so much more is needed to stimulate the domestic economy in particular. The jobs crisis is too important to have any politicians sitting on the sidelines. We need all people in public life working together and bringing forward job creation ideas.
“We believe there is the opportunity for significant progress this year on jobs, particularly in the domestic economy, but we need all political parties working together. Fianna Fáil has published legislation to ban upward only rents and we are calling on the Government to tackle costs facing businesses including rents and rates. Businesses have been telling me and my colleagues that they will be better placed to retain jobs and grow their businesses if the burden on them is eased.
“If there is one thing to take from today’s Live Register figures it is that we cannot wait for action. Ireland is continuing to attract foreign direct investment into the country but it is the domestic economy that lags behind and is in desperate need of stimulation. There are actions the Government can take quickly and we will support efforts to create jobs and hope the Government will do likewise when Fianna Fáil’s proposals come before the Dáil,” concluded Deputy O’Dea.