Frances Fitzgerald T.D. has welcomed the news that the number of people signing on the Live Register in South Dublin dropped by 18% in 2018.

“Unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 16% in 2012 to 5.3% in December 2018. Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure economy that is open for business. “Since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Live Register in South Dublin has decreased by 18%. This represents 13,685 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their
families and the local communities in which they live. “In the last year alone, we have seen an annual decline of 21% in Clondalkin, 15.9% in Tallaght and 17.3% in Ballyfermot.

“There is further good news in these figures as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 200,000 nationally, the lowest since 2008. This figure represents a year on year decrease of 15.5%. “Fine Gael will continue this success into the future because we are investing in our talented people, in our drive for innovation and in the future of our infrastructure. We are moving towards full employment and we will ensure that all parts of Ireland can share in our prosperity and economic growth. “We are also investing in our future as a society, organised and resourced for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Project Ireland 2040 aims to ensure that Ireland is ready for the future with a society that has sustainable and balanced growth, nurtures talent, serves the welfare of our people, and offers opportunity for all.”