Budget offers no credible job or stimulus package

No Hope for Young People

Commenting on the publication of the budget, Young Fine Gael President, Eric Keane, stated: "once again Fianna Fáil has shown that it is incapable of offering young unemployed an alternative to the dole queue or emigration. Their plans for 15,000 'activation places', to be commended only for being a carbon copy of Fine Gael's much larger plan, is but a mere drop in the ocean of what is needed.

"Fianna Fáil is happy to let our young people emigrate to solve their problems. This year more people will emigrate than thepopulation of Limerick City. The 65,000 people leaving the country would fill 'Vicar Street' for 65 nights.

"Despite the fact that 43% of those people leaving are under 25 there is no stimulus plan in this budget to keep them in the country. The measly 'activation' measures give no hope to them. In particular there is no mention of apprentices in the budget.

"Even if a young person has a job, today the Government decided to cut the minimum wage by 12%. This is greater than any pay cut applied to anybody else.

"Fine Gael is the only Party with a plan to keep young people in a job. Through 'Hope for a Lost Generation', Fine Gael will get 30,000 young people off the dole in a single year. 'NewEra' will create 100,000 jobs.

"What Ireland needs is a new Fine Gael Government that has the policies, like 'Hope for a Lost Generation' and 'NewEra', that will create jobs for young and old people alike. That is the only way out of the economic mess we are in.

Note: CSO migration figures available here: http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/population/current/popmig.pdf

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