NEW figures from the CSO confirm the number of people in the Cork area signing on has fallen by 4,337 in the past year indicating that the recovery is slowly starting to be felt locally.
The Central Statistics Office figures show that the unemployment rate fell once again in January to 10.5%. This is down almost two thirds since the crisis peak of 15.1% three years ago. There are now 358,672 people on the Live Register nationally. This represents a 10% year-on-year decrease.
A further breakdown of local figures in West Cork reveals that things are moving in the right direction as Bandon recorded an decrease of 191, Kinsale 132, Skibbereen 122 and Clonakilty 110.
Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers on the Live Register are down on last years figures and they clearly show the progress we are making in getting people off the Live Register and into work.
“Unemployment does not fall without a concerted effort by government and local organisations. Through programmes such as JobBridge, Tús and Springboard we are ensuring that jobseekers have access to training and work experience, that helps boost their job skills and their chances of gaining employment.
“Supporting the creation of jobs and the building of a sustainable economy has been a key priority for me and this Government since day one,” he said.
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Well-known trader Walter Ryan Purcell who runs Loughbeg Farm near Schull has a regular pitch at Skibbereen Farmer’s Market and is offering customers silver coins to the value of €20 and €10 and copper coins worth €1 each as an alternative to euro currency.
Walter said, “When you buy some food products you can get your change if you like in real money with a value, silver. It’s while stocks last as I have a limited supply, but I can get more on a weekly basis”.
Walter said that he came up with the idea because he has little confidence in the future of the euro and he believes that local currencies are the best way to offset future disaster.
“Silver has a real value. The euro is on the brink and currencies internationally are under serious pressure. Quantitative easing‚ or simply printing money with no real value has been going on in the US over the last few years and is about to start in the EU in the next few weeks,” he said.
He added, “On the 23rd of December recently the Irish government created and destroyed half a billion euros. However this has to be paid back‚ by future generations between the years 2038 and 2053. Another €24.5 billion is going to be created and destroyed during the next decade, which again has to be paid back.
“In the meantime we also have to pay the interest on this €25 billion. It doesn’t make the news but this is what is actually being quietly organised by our government these days. Wouldn’t it be great to have a local or national currency, maybe as well as an international currency. The silver and copper coins are the next best thing, or even better! The price of silver can fall and rise on the international markets. It’s pretty low at the moment.
“If the international monetary bubble bursts at least we would have a real currency of silver and copper coins to work with in West Cork. Little by little we all could build up a pot of real money in many households,” he said.
Everybody interested in participating in camp or any other form of volunteering within the organization must have full Garda clearance. Many applicants were disappointed last year with late applications resulting in not having time to process their Garda clearance.
Volunteering in camps such as CoAction’s summer camp or Saturday Club (one Saturday per month September-May) can be very beneficial to second and third level students contemplating a career in nursing, teaching, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social studies, etc.
Adults are also most welcome.
Minimum age for applicants is 16 years old by January 2015. Completed application, reference forms and Garda clearance forms must be returned to the volunteer coordinator by February 27th.
If you require further information contact the volunteer coordinator in the Bantry centre on 027 54027 / 027 50114 / 086 043 0310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.