In run up to the National Budget, Sinn Féin has launched proposals to tackle the youth unemployment crisis.
The launch, which took place in Leinster House, was headed up by Donegal County Councillor Jack Murray, along with a number of young Sinn Féin representatives from across Ireland.
Cllr. Murray Ireland joined Ireland’s youngest Oireachtas member, Kathryn Reilly, and Mayor of Dundalk, Jennifer Green, at a briefing on the document to the youth sector and representatives of national youth organistions.
Speaking after the launch Cllr. Murray said: “Forty-nine per cent of people aged 18-25 in Donegal are unemployed, thousands more have emigrated.
“This is a crisis.
“Sinn Féin is bringing forward our view of what needs to be done to tackle youth unemployment in Ireland today. Facilitating emigration is not an acceptable response.
“We are proposing specific pro-youth jobs policies like extending all CE schemes to everybody under 25 and moving to a situation where all young people unemployed for three months are assessed and given the training or employment opportunities they require.
“We would also rework or scrap anti-youth jobs policies like raising the retirement age and JobBridge. Additionally, a stimulus package and budget as outlined by Sinn Féin would benefit young people and young unemployed people in particular by kick-starting economic growth and shifting the tax burden onto those workers most able to pay.”
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email email@example.com To contact Donegal Post, email firstname.lastname@example.org To contact Inish Times, email email@example.com.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.