'Government response is simply not good enough'
Only 17,000 more people are on 'back-to-work schemes' compared with three years ago.
That, says Irish Independent columnist Dan O'Brien, pictured, is part of the Government's "woeful response" to the current employment crisis.
"In the first 10 months of 2013, 77,000 people on average were on schemes, or an additional 17,000 compared to three years ago. More than half a decade into a jobs crisis, this is just not good enough," he writes in today's newspaper.
He also debunks the myth that emigration is a major factor in the drop in unemployment.
"Joblessness is less of a driver of emigration than our collective memory of the past might suggest," he says. New research has shown that almost half the people who emigrated from Ireland in recent years were leaving full-time jobs.
He says that the current administration has "done better than its predecessor" but there remains a major gap in promises to tackle the job crisis and schemes that will get people back in employment.