19,185 people unemployed in
THERE are 19,185
signing on the Live Register for welfare payments in
Co Donegal, latest statisics show.
The figure respresents a slight decrease on the
19,526 registered as unemployed at the end of
Deputy Charlie McConalogue called the decrease
"tiny" and accused the Government of "sleep-walking
through the ongoing jobs crisis" in the county.
"The decrease is more than offset by the numbers who
have been forced to leave Donegal for work, the
numbers who have dropped off the Live Register to
engage in education and training and the numbers who
have been kicked off the Live Register because their
Job Seekers entitlements have expired," said Deputy
“It means that we have seen virtually no improvement
in the employment situation in Co Donegal. This adds
to the strong sense that there is a two-tiered
recovery underway in this country.
"While Dublin may be benefiting from some
improvements, Donegal and the North West are being
"There has been a major fall-off in IDA visits to
this region over the past three years and little or
no focus by this Government in creating jobs in
Donegal and the North West region," he added.
The Gleneely-based T.D., said it was "extremely
frustrating" for Donegal job seekers to hear the
Government praising itself for improvements in the
labour market when there is little evidence of any
improvements in the county.
“I am once again calling on the Government to
recognise the extent of the job crisis in the North
West and start making a targeted effort to create
jobs in this region. We cannot continue to allow a
situation where parts of the country experience some
economic recovery while other parts, like Donegal,
are left behind. It’s time that this government made
Donegal and the North West region a priority," he