Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has expressed his concern that the live register in County Mayo has increased by almost 158 per cent over the past two years. This represents an extra 7,425 unemployed people in the county, bringing the total to 12,128. Furthermore, the number of under 25s in the county has increased by 192 per cent showing that young people are being particularly hard hit.
“This represents an unfortunate reality facing a large number of Mayo people,” Deputy Kenny said. “It is important to realise that this frightening increase is a result of this Fianna Fáil/Green Government’s failure to protect jobs. On the other hand, Fine Gael has published numerous plans in the area of job creation and economic regeneration which are perfectly feasible. I am currently travelling the country holding nationwide business forum meetings with employers to listen to their concerns and what solutions they would like to see.”