1539 have lost their jobs in Clare since Cowen became Taoiseach

November 12th, 2008 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Finance and Clare T.D. Pat Breen reacting to the publication of the CSO’s latest Live register figures today said that “1539 workers have lost their jobs in Clare since Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, an extra 31.5%.”“One person is now losing their job every three minutes and nearly 70,000 people have lost their jobs nationally since Brian Cowen became Taoiseach.

In percentage terms, the Standardised Unemployment Rate of 6.7% is the highest since 1998. In Clare the number of people signing-on has increased by 6.9% to 6428 from 6014 in the past month. An additional 2344 people have signed on in the County in the past twelve months and 1539 since Brian Cowen became Taoiseach.

“Every Area of Clare has witnessed a surge in the numbers signing on in the past month, Ennis is up 188 or 5.3%, Ennistymon is up 99 or 10.9%, an extra 7.5% or 60 are signing on in Kilrush and Tulla has increased by 67 or 8.5%. Over the past 12 months unemployment has grown by 57.4% in County Clare with a 74.6% increase in the number of U.25;s signing on.”

“Schwarz Pharma in the Shannon Industrial Zone are the latest to announce job losses with 55 workers at the Company set to lose their jobs. My thoughts are with the workers and their families at this time as they come to terms with this news.”

“In addition there is the uncertainty about the future of 280 workers at Aer Lingus in Shannon and the reality is that many workers throughout the County now fear for their future.”

“Yet this Budget did not contain a single significant initiative to deal with the unemployment crisis. Instead the budget was an attack on the most vulnerable in our Society.”

“The Government should abandon their failed budget, invest in education and training, restore competitiveness and give greater support for business.”

“From a regional perspective they must invest in our necessary infrastructure in particular broadband, road and rail, reverse the decision to introduce a €10 Air Travel Tax which puts Shannon Airport at a competitive disadvantage, fastrack the extension to the US Customs and Border Protection and they must overhaul FAS and provide a public works scheme for the unemployed.”