Unemployment in Finglas

In November 2009 Unemployment live register numbers were

Navan Road – Total 6,250 of which 727 and 458 were respectively males and females under 25 years

Finglas – Total 5,766 of which 853 and 424 were respectively males and females under 25 years.

In Finglas and Cabra, there are significant cohorts of young people who have never been in the work force.

Problems are

- duration of unemployment and negative work history
- deficit of appropriate qualifications
- early school leavers
- literacy and numeracy issues

There is a Tolka Area task force trying to grapple with solutions to the problems.

Members of the task force include – Finglas Youth Services, FAS, City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee, Fingal Centre for the Unemployed, FAST, North Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Tolka Area Partnership, RAPID, community representatives.

The total number of agencies dealing with unemployment in our area is 9. So streamlining of services is necessary.

The whole issue is being addressed by the local councillors at the Northwest Area Committee at present. I will issue updates on any progress.