Ó Clochartaigh to launch Sinn Féin jobs plan

Sinn Féin’s new job creation policy document, which proposes measures to create 156,000 jobs, will be launched by Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh in the Galway Peoples Resource Centre tomorrow at 4pm.

Entitled Jobs Plan – Enterprise Policy for the 21st Century, the document is a detailed 60 page stimulus package that sets out a comprehensive plan aimed at tackling the current unemployment crisis.

The document advocates a €13 billion stimulus package which SF believes would lead to the creation of some 156,000 jobs and the retention of up to 15,000 existing jobs. It prioritises investment in essential infrastructure, renewal energy, eco-tourism, and harnessing the potential of the agri-food sector and rural communities”.

“It is now time for the Government to accept and acknowledge the state of the nation’s employment crisis,” said Sen Ó Clochartaigh. “Unemployment has destroyed the social fabric of our local communities and led to 87,000 people leaving the State last year.”

He pointed out that there are more than 22,000 people on the live register in Galway, a figure he described as “grave”.

“We must view these figures in terms of the individuals they represent and the harmful psychological effects that unemployment can bring,” he said.

Sen Ó Clochartaigh said Jobs Plan is “a comprehensive, costed and government ready proposal” and he appealed to “members of the public and representatives from the community and business sectors to attend our launch and hear the proposals set out by Sinn Féin”.

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