Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said that the significant drop in the Live Register figures from every local social welfare office in Dublin Fingal, since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, indicates steady growth in the local economy in the North County.
“Since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, 125,000 new jobs have been created across the country. Every week in 2015, over 1,300 jobs have been added to the economy and this shows that the Government’s plan to get the economy back on track is working.
“The positive impact of the Government’s economic plan is particularly evident when examining the Live Register figures in each of the local social welfare offices in Dublin Fingal. Between their peak in July 2012 and August of this year, the live register figures for Balbriggan and its surrounding areas have decreased by 23.4% while, in the same period, the figures in the Swords local social welfare office have reduced by 33.1% and the number of people on the live register in the Portmarnock area has fallen by 20.2%.
“While these figures are encouraging, much work remains to be done, particularly in terms of ensuring that the positive impact of the economic recovery is felt in every household in the North County and throughout the country. It is essential that we continue to support and facilitate further growth and job creation and provide the people of Dublin Fingal with the stable and sustainable economy they need and deserve. This is exactly what Fine Gael in Government is committed to achieving.
“This Government aims to reach full employment by 2018 and, while the government has already removed 440,000 people from the USC and reduced the income tax rate, we must continue to support job creation and to make work pay by further reducing the tax burden. We cannot risk a return to the ‘if we have it, we’ll spend it’, high-tax policies of Fianna Fáil.”