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.”