Ó Domhnaill urges Government to consider FF plans on tackling youth unemployment


Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Government to seriously consider Fianna Fáil’s proposals on tackling youth unemployment. It comes after the CSO revealed last week that the rate of unemployment among under 25s reached nearly 40% last year.


Fianna Fáil published a detailed strategy on tackling a youth unemployment in May. The proposals included a ICT training scheme for 100,000 young job seekers, a new IFSC internship scheme for 1,000 young job seekers, the addition of 5,000 more graduate places on JobBridge, and dramatic reform of education, welfare and employment services including the introduction of education and training vouchers for under 25s.


Ó Domhnaill explained, “We now have a situation where nearly half of young people in some parts of the country are unemployed, and the extent of the problem is being masked by the numbers emigrating for work or choosing to stay in further education. We urgently need an ambitious plan to deal with this crisis.


“The latest CSO figures must act as a wake-up call for the Government. Their various jobs plans have all failed to address the specific issue of youth unemployment, and have completely underestimated the extent of the problem. We need to show the young people of Ireland that there are opportunities for them here in Ireland, and specific measures are being introduced to support them in getting on the career ladder.


“The Fianna Fáil proposals are realistic and affordable and I am urging the Government to give them serious and urgent consideration.  We estimate that the plan will require an initial investment of €52 million but the cost of not taking any action is far greater,” Concluded Ó Domhnaill



Posted: Aug 15, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized