USI to Highlight Unacceptably High Levels of Graduate Unemployment

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will stage a demonstration to highlight the inaction of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O? Keeffe, in tackling high levels of graduate unemployment.

At 10am on Monday, August 16th 2010, members of the USI will hold the demonstration outside Minister Batt O? Keeffe?s constituency office in Ballincollig in County Cork. This demonstration aims to illustrate the apathy of the Government in attempting to keep the future drivers of the smart economy, our graduates, from emigrating to search for job opportunities abroad.

{module Island Banners|xhtml} Thousands of valuable graduates have already left Irish shores and USI believes that Minister O?Keeffe must work harder to prevent many more thousands of graduates from emigrating in the future. Figures from the Central Statistics Office for June 2010 stated that 91,646 people, under the age of 25, are unemployed.

USI will continue to voice the concerns of Ireland?s students and graduates, who are anxious to be given the opportunity to rebuild Ireland?s economy, and contribute to the future prosperity of this island.

Gary Redmond, USI President, said:

?Last week Minister O?Keeffe requested the help of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to combat graduate unemployment. However, despite our request for an urgent meeting, the Minister has so far failed to meet with us.

Each additional day that Minister O?Keeffe puts this issue on the long finger, more and more of our highly skilled graduates are leaving the country, many of whom will never return. His inaction is crippling the future of Ireland?s smart economy, and USI will not stand idly by while the government lets this country fall to ruin.

The Government has invested millions in an attempt to create a workforce that is renowned across the globe for is expertise and innovative capacity. Therefore, it can only be seen as ludicrous to deny our graduates any opportunity to repay that investment by forcing them to emigrate.?

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