Friday, November 2, 2012

Retirement age extension should be reversed – O' Connell

The Chairperson of County Wexford Sinn Féin has called for the extension of the retirement age to be reversed.  Oisin O' Connell said the policy is actively keeping young people out of work, particularly in the public service.

“The extension of the retirement age was a mistake,” Mr O' Connell said.  “It has been dressed up as an economic necessity when really it is keeping the group with the highest unemployment levels, our youth, out of work.”

“Youth unemployment in this state is currently running at close to 30%, double the overall rate.  Latest figures show that almost a third of males aged between 20 and 24 are out of work.  150,000 young people under the age of 25 have emigrated since 2008.  Something has to be done now to stop this.”

“Sinn Féin is calling for the reversal of the extension to the retirement age.  This coupled with other progressive measures could tackle the youth unemployment epidemic.  Under 25s are currently banned from CE schemes.  This should be changed immediately.”

“The BOOST and RYE programmes which have proved successful north of the border should be extended and made available in the south.  These programmes aim to develop business potential and increase skills among vulnerable 16-30 year olds in rural areas.  These projects should be made all-Ireland as soon as possible.”

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