1 May 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Fine Gael Senator for Cork North Central, Colm Burke has welcomed the news that the national Live Register (which records the number of people claiming unemployment payments) has fallen for the 34th consecutive month and that in Cork the numbers of people signing on has dropped by 26% since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.
“Yet again the CSO figures bring positive news for Cork where we can see that the Live Register has fallen by 26% since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. The task is not yet completed and, as we heard in the Government’s Spring Economic Statement, the plan is to ensure that all 300,000 jobs lost during the crisis are restored by 2018. To do this we are going to add 40,000 new jobs to the economy this year alone.
“Thanks to the sacrifices of the Irish people and the sensible sustainable policies pursued by this Government, the economic recovery is continuing and we must make sure that everyone in Cork will feel the benefit. However the recovery is still fragile and we can take nothing for granted. We cannot risk slipping backwards into economic risk through political instability.
“Under this Government we have a proven plan for the remainder of this decade to secure and strengthen the recovery. We are never going back to the days of boom and bust.”