EU figures show serious rise in Irish youth unemployment

Figures released by the EU commission this week show that youth unemployment in Ireland stood at almost 28% at the end of March, over 7% above the EU average.

Commenting on the figures, North West MEP Marian Harkin says the Irish Government must take decisive action immediately to introduce a coherent and brave employment strategy to address the current situation.

She also says it's vital that credit is made available by the banks to allow small and medium sized businesses to invest and grow.

Ms Harkin says given that unemployment in Donegal and the West is stastically higher than the national average, it's reasonable to assume the figure here is well over 30%..........

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