Belfast Telegraph

Beer mats promote Sinn Fein plan

A political party has revealed it has devised a novel way to get young football fans to read its proposals on job creation.

Sinn Fein will unveil a new beer mat calling for voters to support the party's plans to get 40,000 young unemployed back to work.

Dublin TD Aengus O Snodaigh is meeting fans ahead of the All Ireland Football semi-final between Dublin and Cork at the Ballybough Bridge near Croke Park.

Mr O Snodaigh said both counties have the highest numbers of unemployed people in the state.

"We will be talking to supporters of both teams (on Sunday) to promote our proposals for creating and retaining jobs," he said.

"The Government is not taking the jobs crisis seriously.

"Sinn Fein has put forward strong proposals to create and retain jobs, including a specific document with proposals to address the problem of youth unemployment."

Sinn Fein previously called on the Government to set aside 500 million euro for a special fund to help young people on the dole kick-start their own businesses.

Mr O Snodaigh said the Government needs to get serious about tackling the problem.

"The hardships created by the recession will be felt for years to come unless we can get Ireland back to work," he added. "We have solutions, however we lack a Government with the political will to implement them."

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