Youth unemployment unacceptably high at 20%

Sinn Féin Councillor representing Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has commented on the latest youth unemployment figures released from the CSO, which confirm a youth unemployment rate of 20.1%.

The statistics, taking into account those aged between 15 and 24, have fallen by just two percentage points when compared to the beginning of last year.

Shadow the Mayor initiative launched by Cllr. Fintan Warfield

Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has today launched an initiative titled ‘Shadow the Mayor’, providing transition year students from South Dublin County with an opportunity to apply for workplace experience in the Mayor’s office.

The initiative will commence on Monday, 13th April 2015 with the final student completing the initiative on Friday, 22nd May 2015.

Mayor Warfield holds successful Youth Conference in South Dublin

Mayor Fintan Warfield, assisted by South Dublin County Council staff and Comhairle na nÓg organised a conference for young people in RUA RED. Over sixty young people representing schools and youth services countywide took part, sharing their experiences of growing up in South Dublin County and their ideas for the future.

Mayor Warfield said;

“If young people are to participate in policy making, the tools should be made available for Ireland’s youth to do so. This conference aims to provide that forum.”

Sinn Féin highlights youth unemployment in South Dublin Budget

Speaking following the passing of the South Dublin County Council annual budget 2015, Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure and Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has welcomed the half a million euro in funding to tackle local unemployment.

Mayor Warfield said;

“South Dublin has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country. Almost 30% of under 25’s are out of work. Many more are not in education or training. Every day hundreds of young people emigrate.

Live register figures mask the cruel reality of emigration

Sinn Féin representative for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has stated that live register figures released this week are being used by the Government to mask the cruel reality of emigration and a failing government jobs strategy.

Fintan Warfield stated:

“It is absurd that Fine Gael and Labour are spinning these figures as some sort of success story.

“The reality is that, over the life-time of this government, there has been a reduction in the live register of 32,300. However, this has to be seen in the context of over 176,000 people emigrating in the last two years.