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Working to Get You Working: Kenny launches Young FG Jobs Campaign - News - Young Fine Gael

Working to Get You Working: Kenny launches Young FG Jobs Campaign

Enda Kenny TD, Leader of Fine Gael has launched a Young Fine Gael (YFG) campaign entitled 'Working to Get You Working' aimed at pressuring the Government to implement Fine Gael's plan to get 30,000 young people off the Live Register this year.

Enda Kenny stated: 'The continuous upward trend in young people on the dole is a serious cause for concern. Today it stands at 86,000. I find it quite shocking that research by Young Fine Gael indicates that - excluding those in full-time education - one third of under 25s nationwide are signing on the dole each week'.

"Also alarming is the attitude of the Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan, who believes it is okay to depend on the pressure valve of increased emigration as, according to her, young people are only leaving 'to enjoy themselves'.

"Forced emigration due to lack of opportunity is causing untold damage to families and communities. The prospects of economic recovery are greatly hindered by losing our best and brightest to foreign countries.

"The Government cannot continue to fob off young people and consign them to a life of welfare dependency or emigration.

"That is why the Fine Gael Party is offering an alternative to the stagnation the country is in. Today we are highlighting our proposals to get 30,000 young people off the dole in one year. These proposals have been ignored by an arrogant Government whose philosophy remains 'our way or no way'."

Young Fine Gael President, Barry Walsh, said: 'Young people are angry at the state of our economy. We are sick and tired of the constant doom and gloom'.

"Our generation has been overburdened by a Government that has no clue how to change the direction in which the country is going. We are worried at the trend in Irish people emigrating, which saw an increase of more than one-third last year. Our own organisation lost its National Secretary to emigration last week.

"We are tired of inaction. That is why we will be campaigning in towns, cities and college campuses throughout the country. We will be holding a series of public meetings and information seminars as well as distributing thousands of leaflets on our jobs plan. We need to get the message across to young people that there is hope, and that we have a plan to get the country back to work.

"Fine Gael has put forward a number of proposals that would solve the crisis if this arrogant Government would only implement them. 'Hope for a Lost Generation' will bring 30,000 young people off the dole in one year.
It will create:

13,000 graduate internship placements;
10,000 second chance education scheme placements;
5,000 extra Community Employment Scheme (CES) places;
10,000 jobs will be retained through a Government supported workshare
And our NewERA plan to re-build Ireland will create 100,000 jobs over
four years."

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