“Last year was a good year for Dublin on the jobs front. People are going back to work after the economic collapse,” says Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes.
“Dublin is the economic powerhouse of the country. The number of people on the dole has been reduced by a fifth in Dublin since the government came to office in 2011. This government is delivering on the jobs front.
“As ever the devil is in the details and we have seen some good figures in Dublin with reductions of 30% in Dun Laoghaire, 29% in Clondalkin and 26% in Swords. The reduction in these social welfare offices is remarkable. It is not all good news. Tallaght and Finglas have only seen a reduction of 9% in their live register figures since 2011. Clearly much more needs to be done in these areas.
“In the City and County of Dublin 20,000 people have come off the live register since 2011. That’s 20,000 households that are seeing a real improvement in their lives.
The recent budget changes come into effect this month and households will feel a positive impact from these. EU funded projects like DIT Grangegorman and the LUAS Cross City will also help.
This year the government must relentlessly implement the EU Youth Employment Guarantee Scheme, decide and implement a new public transport link for the north side and continue to role out funding under Horizon 2020 – all of these EU schemes can help get Dubliners back to work.