TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has commented on figures released in response to parliamentary question which shows that in Clondalkin Rowlagh and Cappaghmore have unemployment rates of 27.2% and 32.2% respectively.

Deputy Ó Broin said: “We are constantly reminded by the government that the country is booming again and that the economy is growing. “However, is remains to be an uneven and unfair economic recovery. “The figures my colleague received from the Department of the Taoiseach based on recent CSO data shows how Rowlagh and Cappaghmore in Clondalkin are areas still struggling with high unemployment. “More must be done to create genuine employment and training opportunities in Clondalkin. “It is appalling that there is at least €498 million is sitting, unspent, in Ireland’s National Training Fund. This fund is supposed to help people to upskill and to assist with lifelong learning.

“If the fund is there why is it not being used to assist people in areas with high unemployment to access further education, training and apprenticeships. “I have written to the Ministers for Social Protection and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation asking them explain what the government is doing to tackle high unemployment rates and to facilitate the creation of meaningful jobs in the area.”