JJ Quigley, a Sinn Féin candidate in the upcoming local government elections has welcomed the launch of the Youth Matters: Not For Export! document addressing the problems facing the youth in Ireland today.
Quigley, who works with young people said “we hear from the FG/LAB government that the unemployment figure is down but the reality is that the only reason the figure is down is because of the numbers of young people leaving the country. When you couple that with schemes like JobBridge and Gateway which are nothing more than cheap labour, then of course the numbers are down. It is unacceptable that in the 21st Century there is a scheme that provides free labour to employers and that it is mandatory if you are unemployed. We need a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”
JJ continued “when I am on the doorsteps it is heart breaking to hear mothers talking of their children emigrating through necessity, not choice. We in Sinn Féin are all about building communities, communities that young people can contribute to and be proud of. We need to give the youth their self-worth back. They are our future.
“There are a range of solutions contained within our Youth Matters: Not For Export! document and I would invite all interested parties to have a look.”
For full document please click – http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/30255