McCarthy: Fine Gael tackle youth unemployment head on

Speaking after the FG policy launch of Hope for A Lost Generation, YFG Policy Officer Peter Kiernan McCarthy stated that "Unemployment figures show that we now have 422,00 people signing on the live register, with a shocking 87,100 (October 2009) of them being young people under the age of 25, with one in three young males now unemployed.

"It is clear from these figures that young people are the main victims of the economic catastrophe that has occurred in this country as a result of Fianna Fail's failed economic policies. They seem perfectly happy that young people are the worst hit by the economic catastrophe the country finds itself in and to leave them to pick up the cost of trebling the public debt.

"This country previously had to experience the horror of mass emigration, when an entire young vibrant generation had to leave their country behind." This ambitious policy sets out clear achievable targets to reduce the number of under 25's on the dole queues by one-third.

Through creating 13,000 graduate internship placement, 10,000 second chance education scheme placements, 5,000 extra community employment scheme places and 10,000 jobs retained through a government supported workshare scheme Peter said that "'Hope for a Lost Generation' will provide opportunities for the 87,100 young people on the dole, who's only option from the current government is to emigrate."

Hope for a Lost Generation is the latest in a series of polices from Fine Gael which demonstrate a clear vision for a way out of our current economic difficulties which clearly set us apart from the other parties.

We recognize that the best way out of the recession is to create jobs and grow our economy, while also facing up to the tough decisions that have to be made.
Fianna Fail and the Green party believe that by simply balancing the books everything will magically fix itself. Which is a failed policy, that will force another generation to emigrate for survival.

The Young People of Ireland cannot afford to wait any longer for this incompetent government to wake up and make the tough decisions that will lead us on a path of sustainable job growth.

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