Saturday 25 November 2017

Gilmore insists Government is tackling unemployment crisis

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has insisted that the Government is tackling the unemployment crisis – after the opposition criticised its job creation record.

It comes ahead of the Government’s launch of a new plan today to get 75,000 long term unemployed people back to work by 2015 and to demonstrate that work can pay.

But at Leader’s Questions in the Dail, Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley asked how the Government was going to convince the unemployed to get jobs when there were very few being created.

Mr Gilmore said that every state agency was now working in a coordinated way to create jobs.

“We are turning it around. For the first time since 2008, the number of people at work has increased,” he said.

Mr Gilmore was also questioned by Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald about whether students applying for third level grants would be paid on time this year. He said that the problems with the new Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system for processing grant applications had been address

“I think it’s fair to say that students will not experience the kind of difficulties that they experienced last year,” he said.

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