Dublin Mid-West Unemployment at 17 Month High

Posted: March 2, 2012 in Dublin Mid West, Jobs, Unemployment

 Figures released from the CSO today show that unemployment in Dublin Mid-West is at a 17 month high. At the end of February there were 9,073 people on the live register. When adjusted to take account of the transfer of 1,062 claimants from Clondalkin to Tallaght social welfare office in September 2011 the total number of people signing on from Clondalkin and Lucan exceeds 10,000. Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin has described the news as “deeply troubling” and called for “concerted action by Government to reverse this trend.”

Ó Broin said:

“While unemployment numbers across the state are dropping slightly live register figures for Dublin Mid-West have risen for the fourth month in a row. When adjusted to take into account the 1,062 claimants transferred from to the Tallaght social welfare office in September 2011 the total number of people signing on in Lucan and Clondalkin exceeds 10,000.

“Unemployment in Dublin Mid-West is now at a 17 month high. Despite a number of high profile jobs announcement by local Government TDs it is clear that the employment situation in Clondalkin and Lucan is getting worse.

“There is a need for concerted action by Government to reverse this trend. Dublin Mid –West is at risk of returning to a 1980s cycle of long term inter-generational unemployment leading to greater levels of emigration and social deprivation.

“There is a need for targeted measures to ensure that Lucan and Clondalkin are not left behind. This week the Minister for Education announced a €35 million fund for replacing rented prefabs currently being used by schools across the country. Dublin Mid-West has 7 schools with a total of 22 prefabs. Given the concentration of unemployed construction workers local Government TDs must ensure that Dublin Mid-West secures a significant allocation from this fund to provide at least some respite for those in search of work.

“There is also a need for all relevant agencies to come together in the form of a Dublin Mid-West Jobs Task Force, to put in place a meaningful plan to secure investment for those parts of the constituency in greatest need of employment.”ENDS

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Comments
  1. Paul Doran says:

    Eoin

    Maybe you should write to all political parties concerned in this area and local Chamber Of Commerce’s, etc and include the heads of the big companies that are based in Clondalkin, be it Intel. Pfizer, Mc Donald’s, Takeda Pharmaceutical and try to also establish how many people from the Clondalkin area these companies are employing and where they are sourcing their products from. Can more products be sourced locally, Can our locals Heads of Schools get involved. Is what we are teaching in the Senior Schools suitable, Is there enough Science being taught?.What languages other German & French is being taught

    It is time to think outside the box

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