FINE Gael has the plan to help get Laois/Offaly’s unemployed back to work, according to Fine Gael election candidate Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
“A common story at the doors right across the constituency over the last few weeks is that parents and young people are heartbroken due to the forced emigration of our youth,” said Ms Corcoran Kennedy.
She said the most up to date figures from the Central Statistics Office show that unemployment levels have soared by 250% in Laois since the last General Election in June 2007. Jobless figures in Offaly jumped by more than 200% over the same period.
“8,500 people signed on in Laois last month, while 9,200 people formed dole queues in Offaly. Fine Gael is the only Party with a credible plan to address this appalling situation. The Fianna Fail-led Government has failed to implement job creation initiatives for those who have been left behind by their disastrous economic policies. Fine Gael is focused on eliminating waste to keep taxes low and support jobs,” she said.
She added that the Fine Gael strategy will tackle huge unemployment rates like those in Laois/Offaly. “Unlike other parties we won’t increase direct taxes on jobs. We will go further than this, by halving employers’ PRSI for the lowest paid, to help protect jobs,” she said.
According to Ms Corcoran Kennedy towns and villages across Laois and Offaly have been blighted by emigration, as young people have been left with no option by the Fianna Fail-led Government but to go abroad in search of work. “Fine Gael has a comprehensive plan to stem the tide of young talent leaving our shores. We will create more than 45,000 placements in a range of training and education opportunities.Another key strategy to stop our youth being forced out of the country is to make Ireland a more attractive location for international firms to do business. If Fine Gael gets into Government we will cut the cost of red tape to firms by €500 million and tackle high costs across the economy,” she said.
In conclusion Ms Corcoran Kennedy said “I have watched with anger and dismay as dole queues have exploded in this constituency, thanks to Fianna Fail’s broken economic legacy. As part of the Fine Gael 5 Point Plan, our key priority is to tackle unemployment and get Ireland working”.