Live Register down by 19.75% in Cavan as rural recovery takes hold – O’Reilly TD

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the news that the Live Register Figures for Cavan are down by 19.75%, since the Action Plan for Jobs was announced in February, 2012.

‘The fact that unemployment has dropped for 31 consecutive months in a row and that in Cavan there has been a fall of almost 20%, is very welcome and encouraging news. This is a clear sign that our economy is well and truly out of the freefall that Fianna Fail left it in in 2011. The fact that more and more people are entering the jobs market is a sign of real recovery’ stated the Deputy.

‘While our National unemployment rates have fallen dramatically, from 15.2% in 2012 to 10.5% today, the fact that this is now filtering down to rural parts of the country, like Cavan, is very significant. Without a doubt, more work remains to done and I expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months. This year there will be an increased focus on job creation outside of the main urban centres as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will specifically address growing economies in rural areas’ explained Deputy O’Reilly.

‘Today’s announcement of 200 new jobs for Combilift in Monaghan, is a clear illustration that things are beginning to move in the right direction. As the economy grows the Government is in a position to give back to the Irish people who have sacrificed so much. Since last month workers everyone paying income tax now have more money in their pockets, thanks to changes made to the tax and USC system in Budget 2015. However, we know that personal taxation is still too high. We are committed to pursuing policies that make work pay and ensure that people in all parts of the country feel the benefit of the growing economy’ said the Deputy.

The Government has brought in a range of measures aimed at getting the long-term unemployed back to work including initiatives to address skills shortages, get people retrained and help the unemployed to access the workforce. Getting people back to work is top of this Government’s agenda and this is reflected in every aspect of our economic strategies over the past two years’ concluded Deputy O’Reilly.

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Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website