The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said that radical changes are needed in the Government’s approach to tackling the jobs crisis.
Responding to reports that the Cabinet is to meet on the issue later this month, Deputy Calleary commented, “Despite all the headline-grabbing action plans and jobs initiatives over the past 18 months, the Government has failed dismally at making any dent in the jobs crisis. Most worryingly, long term unemployment has got considerably worse and we know from bitter experience the scar that this can leave on society and the economy.
“I sincerely hope that this year marks a radical change in the Government’s approach. The Taoiseach has indicated that the Cabinet will discuss its jobs strategy at the end of this month. This cannot be yet another window-dressing exercise. Ministers need to agree a change in direction on tackling unemployment that is focused on substance rather than spin.
“The fact that the Taoiseach has now come to the conclusion that this special Cabinet meeting is necessary is proof in itself that despite all the talk, Ministers are not currently engaged in a well-executed, coordinated response to the unemployment crisis. This year we need to see less PR announcements and more action that results real jobs in communities across the country.”