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The Quarterly National Household Survey conducted by the CSO, published February 14, 2012 shows that 30% of households headed by a person who is unemployed had borrowed money from family or friends to pay for basic goods and services. In addition, half of such households had missed paying household bills and more than one quarter had missed loan repayments.

There is no greater challenge facing Ireland than getting our people back to work. There have
been over 300,000 job losses since a flawed economic model collapsed in 2008 and there are
more than 315,000 people unemployed, half of them for more than a year.
Governments don't create jobs, successful businesses and entrepreneurs do. But this truth
does not remove the need, the absolute obligation, for Government and all sectors of our
society to respond to the jobs crisis facing our country.
 

The Irish Government’s ‘Action Plan for Jobs - 2012‘ contains more than 270 actions, identifies the Government Departments and agencies responsible for implementing each of these, and sets out timelines for delivery. It hopes to “create the environment where the number of people at work will increase by 100,000- from 1.8 million to 1.9 million – by 2016, and reach 2 million people by 2020”. In practice this means replacing every job that is lost in that period an

Ireland’s unemployment crisis remains the striking feature of the current recession.   Despite this, in Budget 2012 and in the months since the Budget was annnounced, Government has taken hardly any steps to address this crisis and begin the process of seriously tackling the socially unsustainable number of workers who are trapped in unemployment.

According to Eurostat figures published on February 6, 2012, Ireland had the fourth highest ratio of government debt to GDP in the EU at the end of the third quarter of 2011 at 104.9%. This represents an increase of 16.5% over the third quarter of 2010, the third highest increase in the EU.

Most social welfare rates are not adequate to provide a standard of living seen as socially acceptable in Ireland according to a study conducted by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice and Trinity College.

Proposals in the 2012 Finance Bill to provide tax incentives aimed at luring senior multinational executives to Ireland mark a return to the worst practices of manipulating the tax system to benefit the better off while increasing costs and cutting services for the country’s poorest

Is the Irish Government’s economic outlook for the period to 2015 credible given the Central Bank’s most recent forecast on economic growth? Social Justice Ireland has serious doubts in this regard.

Government is failing to reach the key targets it set itself as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy immediately after it came to power in 2011.  A new study from Social Justice Ireland published today, January 30th, 2012 shows that many of Ireland's major indicators on poverty and social inclusion are moving in the wrong direction.  Poverty has increased by almost 60,000.  Unemployment is not falling and the numbers employed are not increasing.

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