Beer mats target young jobless
Sinn Fein has unveiled a novel way to try to get young football fans to read its proposals on job creation after it launched a new beer mat calling for voters to support the party's plans to get 40,000 young jobless back to work.
Dublin TD Aengus O Snodaigh met supporters ahead of the All Ireland Football semi-final between Dublin and Cork at a Sinn Fein stall at Ballybough Bridge near Croke Park. He said the counties have the highest numbers of unemployed people in the state.
Mr O Snodaigh said: "Speaking to fans of both teams here, it is clear people have lost confidence in this Government's ability to steer us out of this mess. 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 thinks the public sector and direct public employment should be used to kick-start the economy.
"We believe it makes no sense that many public services remain understaffed while qualified highly-skilled workers remain on the dole," continued Mr O Snodaigh. "Nurses and physiotherapists wait in a dole queue while those needing their services wait on lengthy waiting lists.
"We are calling for the initiation of a National Development Scheme to employ people directly by the state on public works projects such as schools and hospitals to address our infrastructure deficit and improve our competitiveness.
"There are also sectors in the economy that we can look to with optimism, sectors where we enjoy a natural advantage such as agri-food and tourism, sectors where we have begun to build on an emerging international reputation such as the IT sector, and sectors whose potential has not been tapped such as green technologies."
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.