Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor for Kildare North has said that a 12% drop in the Live Register since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012 indicates the steady growth in the economy in Kildare.
“Each week in 2015 over 1,300 jobs have been added to the economy showing that the Government’s plan to get the economy back on track is working. All regions have experienced job increases and unemployment decreases in the past year, meaning that the recovery is spreading to all parts of the country.
“The latest CSO Live Register figures show that the number of people signing on in Kildare has dropped by 12% since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. 125,000 new jobs have been added across the country.
“While there is still more work to be done, the recovery is spreading to all parts of the country, and it is important that we work hard to continue to support further growth. A steady, stable and sustainable economy is what the people of Kildare need and deserve. This is what the Government is committed to achieving.
“The Government is on track to replace all the jobs lost in the crisis by 2018 and to bring about a situation where there will be more Irish people coming back home to take up jobs.
“There is no doubt that more jobs and opportunities are needed here in Kildare but the Live Register figures are very encouraging. However the recovery is still fragile and there are still people who have not felt its benefits.
“Fine Gael in government has cut the USC and reduced the income tax rate. It is important that we continue to add more jobs and to make work pay by reducing the tax burden further. We cannot risk a move back to the ‘if we have it, we’ll spend it’, high tax Fianna Fáil policies.”