Figures released from the CSO for the first six months of the year show that unemployment in Ballymun has risen again since the same period last year. There was an average of 2,966 people on the live register in Ballymun in 2012 compared to 2788 for 2011. Sinn Féin Local Representative Noeleen Reilly has described the news as “alarming for the area” and called for
“concerted action by Government to reverse this trend.”
Ms Reilly said:
“Dublin Northwest is without doubt being neglected by the government.”
Ballymun has not only had their Regeneration budget slashed by €40 million recently but previously projects such as Metro North and The New Shopping Centre has also been shelved.
Dessie Ellis TD further added:
- Sinn Féin is calling for a three year investment package in the region of €13 billion
- This money would be focused on Infrastructure and new enterprises
- The money would be sourced from the discretionary portfolio of the National Pension Reserve Fund matching funding from the European Investment Bank and an investment from the Private Pension sector
- This fund would directly create in the region of 130,000 jobs over three years or an average of 40,000 jobs per year.
He further added ‘Something needs to be done about the level of unemployment in Ballymun.”
“There is a need for concerted action by Government to reverse this trend. Dublin North–West is at risk of returning to a 1980s cycle of long term inter-generational unemployment leading to greater levels of emigration and social deprivation.”
“There is a need for targeted measures to ensure that Ballymun is not left behind.