The crisis in youth unemployment has reached alarming levels according to Senator Marc MacSharry. According to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there are 488 people under the age of 25 on the Live Register in Co Leitrim.
Of these 374 are registered through the south Leitrim office in Carrick-on-Shannon and a further 114 are registered in Manorhamilton.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer following the launch of Fianna Fáil’s National Strategy to Tackle Youth Unemployment, Senator MacSharry said that unemployment “is the greatest crisis facing the country”.
“The inability to find a job is particularly hard on young people. I think the hopelessness that chronic youth unemployment can bring is not limited to the individual affected, nor indeed to their immediate families. Youth unemployment is having a silent and terrible impact on communities in Sligo, Leitrim and across the north-west. I know from my own community that we are losing people to emigration on a weekly basis,” he said.
“I believe that the particular issue of youth unemployment is one that public representatives from every part of the political spectrum should be working together to tackle. Job creation is too important for party politics.”
Senator MacSharry said that Fianna Fáil has been working to develop a detailed plan aimed at tacking youth unemployment including the creation of 100,000 new information and communications technology training places over four years and an additional 5,000 JobBridge placements for those under 25.
“We are also proposing radical reform of education, welfare and employment services. This would put the young people in question back in control of their own plans and help stem the flow of emigration,” he said.