Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea TD has said that the scale of youth unemployment in Ireland highlights that many young people are yet to feel the benefits of the economic recovery and this is underscored by the fact that 17.1% of those aged 15-24 remained out of work in August according to the latest data from the CSO.

‘While thankfully unemployment is falling, the rate of youth unemployment is still far too high and demonstrates that for thousands of young people there has been no economic recovery.

“The Government must start addressing youth unemployment in a comprehensive way otherwise we will end up with an entrenched two-tier society where an entire generation of young people are left behind.”

“The Government was formed in May 2016. They need to get on with the job they have been tasked with by the people.”

“Minister Halligan, in particular, needs to concentrate on his portfolio as Minister for State for Training, Skills and Innovation. He, more than most, can have a direct impact on the employability of young people through training, and upskilling,” added O’Dea.

“Innovative thinking is needed to help tackle youth unemployment. I really hope that Minister Halligan will begin to focus on his brief and do what is needed to lift young people out of long-term unemployment.”

“There are serious negative repercussions for the individual and society as a whole if we fail to tackle youth unemployment. The previous Government failed young people on many levels and this Government cannot be allowed to do the same. We need concrete action on youth unemployment and innovative policies that will lead to secure and lasting employment,” concluded O’Dea.