Dublin Mid-West Unemployment Higher Than When FG/Lab Took Office

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Dublin Mid West, Unemployment

Figures released from the CSO last week show that unemployment in Dublin Mid-West is higher now than it was when Fine Gael and Labour took office 12 months ago. At the end of March there were 9,094 people on the live register in Clondalkin and Lucan. 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 for the second month in a row.  

Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin accused the Government of “failing the people of Lucan and Clondalkin”.

Ó Broin said:

 “When Fine Gael and Labour took office in March 2011 they promised to make job creation their number one priority.  Since then the number of people signing across the state on has hardly changed while more and more people are emigrating every week in search of work.

“However in Dublin Mid-West unemployment continues to rise. At the end of March there were 9,094 people on the live register in Clondalkin and Lucan. When adjusted to take into account the 1,062 claimants transferred from Clondalkin to the Tallaght social welfare office in September 2011 the total number of people signing on in Dublin Mid-West exceeds 10,000 for the second month in a row.

 “Unemployment in Dublin Mid-West is now not only at a 18 month high but is higher than when Fine Gael and Labour took office.

 “The Government is failing the people of Dublin Mid-West. The four Government TDs elected to Dublin Mid West last year are simply not doing enough to highlight the growing unemployment problems in Lucan and Clondalkin

  “There is clearly a need for targeted measures to ensure that Lucan and Clondalkin do not fall further behind the national trend.

“I am once again calling 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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