Budget must include measures to stimulate the economy and start the fight to get people back to work – BREEN

April 3rd, 2009 - Pat Breen

Commenting following the release of the latest CSO Live Register figures for County Clare, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said “that next weeks’ Budget must include measures to stimulate the economy and start the fight to get people back to work”.



“The upward spiral in our unemployment is continuing at pace. Over the past twelve months the live register figures show an increase of 82.7% in the number of people signing on in County Clare. The increase in the Local Office figures for the same period throughout the county reveal the true extent of the problem. Unemployment is up in Tulla 103.9%, Ennistymon up 83.2%, Ennis is up 81% and Kilrush is up 70.8%.”



“If we do not fix the jobs crisis we will not fix the problem in our public finances. That is why next week’s Budget is so important in terms of stimulating our economy and introducing measures that will protect and create jobs. Every day 1000 jobs are being lost and a further €20 million hole is put in the Public Finances.”



“The Government should adopt Fine Gael’s Strategy to help this country turn around our fortunes. We have a clear strategy for the next four years:




Protect existing jobs by cutting VAT which would help to stop the stream of shoppers over the Border.



Free up credit in the banks.


Address the cost of doing business in this Country.



Invest in new infrastructure to create 1000.000 jobs and new economic opportunities with costing the Exchequer a cent.



Repair the public finances by cutting the cost of government, reducing over heads and driving efficiency in an entirely new budgetary framework.”


“This budget cannot be simply about balancing the books, it must set out a clear strategy and it must include measures which restore confidence in our economy at home and abroad.”