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How many more people will lose their jobs before the Taoiseach loses his?

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 02:49 PM

The damning ESRI report that was released today estimates that 102,800 jobs will be lost next year, and the unemployment rate will average 16.8 per cent. The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore raised the report during Leaders' Questions today saying 'how many more people will lose their jobs before the Taoiseach loses his?

Deputy Gilmore said: "The Taoiseach simply does not accept this reality. He seems to be in absolute denial that outside the walls and gates of this parliamentary area, people are losing their jobs and businesses are going to the wall.

"Those who are or were self-employed are telling us repeatedly that when they turn around, there is no help available to them. They cannot turn to anybody in a State agency and they cannot get credit from banks to keep their businesses going and retain their employees.

"We are now facing into the prospect, according to the Taoiseach's own admission, of 500,000 people idle and without a job to go to in the morning. He keeps looking across the Chamber at the Opposition parties and asking what we are proposing. We have repeatedly put forward proposals but the Taoiseach has paid only lip service to them. He certainly paid lip service to some of the Labour Party proposals in his Ard-Fheis speech. However, nothing is happening.

"The Taoiseach must get it into his head that the key to solving our economic difficulties is protecting jobs and getting people back to work."

You can read our jobs strategy in our recently launched policy document 'Just the Job' and our Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton's statement on the ESRI report as well as reading today's full Dáil exchange during Leaders' Questions on the Oireachtas website.




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