December 2016 figures, shown hereunder and supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 11,521 people claiming social welfare benefits, of some kind, in Co Tipperary last month.
Live Register figures supplied below are categorised by ‘All Ages’, ‘Both Sexes’, ‘Social Welfare Office’ and ‘Month’ and when December 2016 figures are compared with the previous month November 2016, same show an increase in claimants of 330 persons for County Tipperary as a whole.
More depressing was the fact that the numbers signing-on increased at every single Social Welfare office in Co. Tipperary last month; the highest increase of 80 extra claimants being located in the Thurles Social Welfare Office area.
Of the 1,432 jobs announced/promised by former outgoing Government Tipperary Labour Minister Alan Kelly and Fine Gael, (700 for Nth Tipp & 692 for Sth Tipp – Total Jobs in all 1392), prior to the last General Election (February 26th, 2016) in what appears to have been a vote gathering exercise; not one single promised job has as yet materialised either North or South of the county.
Politicians representing all political parties in Co. Tipperary have spent their time being “Photographed with successful so called celebrities” (since agreeing a minority government on May 6th 2016), attempting to highlight their profiles by “Calling for” or “Welcoming” the crumbs offered by other government Ministers, to each and every other dog in this Irish State.
Co. Tipperary elected representatives from all political parties must now come together under one single umbrella; to find real solutions for our current poorly represented and grossly neglected county.
No more “Celebrity Photographs”, “Calling For the impossible” or “Welcoming the efforts of other Ministerial politicians”; the alternative for failure by these same Tipperary elected representatives in carrying, to fruition, promises made to constituents, must surely come in the form of immediate resignations.
There are others suitably qualified and approachable to represent the Premier County and no shame in you, our elected representative, honestly admitting you are unable to undertake the task of guiding our county through our current financial difficulties.