Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has criticised the Fianna Fáil/Green Government for what he calls “their reckless approach to job security and creation” as Mayo’s unemployment figures went through the roof over the past two years. The figures obtained from the Minister for Social and Family Affairs for January 2007 shows 4,760 people signing on in the county. This is compared to 12,114 in September 2009 and demonstrates the seriousness facing a substantial part of Mayo’s population.
Deputy Kenny said: “I was very disappointed to see these figures and how unemployment has soared out of control in the county. More now than ever, we need to ensure that job creation becomes a priority for this Government. I sympathise with every person who has lost their job and once again call on the Government that if they are unable to resolve this crisis by their own means; then they may adopt Fine Gael policy on job creation such as NewEra. Not only is this a job creation policy, it will bring Ireland’s public utilities into the 21st century as well as give those on the dole a chance to avail of employment.”