New figures released from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the first increase in employment in Ireland since 2008.
The figures, released today as part of the Quarterly National Household Survey show that there was an increase of 0.1 per cent or 1200 jobs up to the final quarter of 2012.
They show a decrease of 19,200 in the number of unemployed for the quarter, bringing the total figure down to 294, 600. This is the first recorded increase in employment since the second quarter of 2008.
The total number of persons in the labour force in the same quarter was 2,143,500, representing a decrease of 18,000 or 0.8 per cent over the year.
Seasonally adjusted figures
** Seasonally adjusted figures for February, also released today by the CSO showed a small dip of 1400 people from January to February signing on to the Live Register. These figures include a decrease of 1,200 males, while the number of females signing on decreased by 200.
This brings the seasonally adjusted total on the Live Register to 428, 800.
The standard unemployment rate in February was 14.1 per cent and this remained unchanged from the revised level in January.
The number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in February 2013 increased to 189,467.
Male long term claimants increased by 0.1 per cent to 171, while the comparable increase for females was 9.2 per cent giving a total of 4,741.
The overall annual increase for long-term claimants was 4,912 or 2.7 per cent.
In the year to February 2013 the number of persons aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 1.1 per cent or 3,971, while those under the age of 25 decreased by 8.8 per cent.
** Seasonally adjusted Live Register figures include part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), and seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance.
"Sure it's great to be back
I received a link to this on Facebook and thought that it should be shared. A very talented Irish multimedia designer and animator by the name of Richard Cullen together with vocals from Aoife Hoey.
Richard holds an Honours Bachelors degree in multimedia from DCU (Dublin City University).
Check out his quirky little video: An animated song about an Irish sheep called Seamie backpacking across Australia.
Animation by Richard Cullen.
Vocals by Aoife Hoey.
Well done guys, you just brightened up my morning!
Check him out on details below!
New Concern CEO: Dominic MacSorley
Concern Worldwide has announced that Dominic MacSorley will will take up the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective from March 1st.
Ireland’s leading humanitarian agency announced the appointment yesterday in a press release to the media.
Belfast-born Mr MacSorley will succeed Tom Arnold, who recently announced his decision to step down as CEO of the organisation after 11 years in office. Arnold will take up a new role as Chair of the Constitutional Convention.
Mr MacSorley has worked with Concern since 1982. He served as Director of Operations for the organisation’s American arm, Concern Worldwide USA, for the past ten years.
MacSorley has over 30 years of experience with Concern and is passionately committed to the organisation, its ethos and its work, thats according to the Chairperson of Concern’s Council (Board), Frances O’Keeffe.
“The Council of Concern oversaw a rigorous and competitive selection process, with exceptionally high calibre candidates drawn from home and abroad and from a number of sectors. The final decision, however, was not a difficult one and we have the utmost confidence that Dominic MacSorley is the ideal person to lead the organisation and work on behalf of the world poorest and most vulnerable people in the coming years.”
In his first statement as Concern's new CEO, MacSorley said: “Poverty is on the rise as the challenging economic, environment and political conditions affect the poorest most. More than 850 million people went to bed hungry last night. This is why Concern exists: it is people reaching out to people.
" We value hugely the confidence our supporters show in Concern to work with those who need our help the most. Without this trust, our work would not be possible. I am delighted to accept this position.”
Francis O'Keefe also paid tribute to the outgoing chief executive, on behalf of the organisation's council.
O'Keefe said that since he took over as CEO over a decade ago, Tom Arnold had overseen the growth of the organisation from being a very effective Irish overseas charity to one recognised as one of the world’s most impactful and influential agencies.
He expressed his heartfelt thanks to Tom for his years of tireless energy and enthusiasm, his valued knowledge and experience, and what he described as his "calm, measured stewardship of the organisation over the past decade".
Immigration Minister: Brendan O'Connor
Irish emigrants stand to lose out if proposals to change the 457 Sponsored Visa system get the go ahead.
The Australian Minister for Immigration has signaled that the Gillard government plans to cut the number of sponsored visas available in an effort to protect local workers.
Brendan O'Connor said the government would be introducing reforms to protect the efficiency of the 457 visa system.
The new rules would make it conciderably more difficult for Irish workers to be sponsored and for companies to sponsor Irish people.
The Minister said that the fact that the number of applications for 457′s had “outstripped national employment growth” has prompted the government to act.
The news will come as a blow to many Irish workers who are seeking sponsorship by Australian firms to escape the Irish recession.
Ireland leads the take up of 457 visas in per capita terms so any dilution of the scheme will have a disproportionate effect on Irish applicants.
Mr O’Connor said that reforms would be introduced through administrative, regulatory and legislative means.
He said that there was situations where Australian workers had been discriminated against because of an abuse of the programme.
“Firstly, we’ll ensure the employers seeking to bring out applicants will have to demonstrate that there is a genuine job that fits within the eligibility of the 457 visa.
“Secondly, we’ll ensure that they have to demonstrate where they are genuinely training local workers and where they are investing in that training".
The Minister also said that restrictions in labour hire or on-hire arrangements need to be looked at.
For example where an employer may bring out an applicant and sponsor that applicant and then send that employee to an area where there are no skilled shortages.
"I find the butchers to be a very intimidating atmosphere....I find it very sexually charged!"
The classic moment when Eleanor Tiernan sexualises the butchers shop during a question on consumer confidence following the horse meat scandal! Poor Daithi's mind is in overdrive.
I just had to post this as it was too funny to let the sausage joke slip!
Ok so now we really know what was going through Daithi's mind during RTE's Sausagegate!
Independent Broadcasters of Ireland: John Purcell
KCLR's John Purcell has asked the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee for a change to the way funding is distributed for the independent radio sector in Ireland.
Mr Purcell, who is the Chairman of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), said that RTÉ has dual funding from the licence fee and commercial revenue, as well as 80% of the Sound & Vision funding.
He said what the independent sector is seeking is a public service fund, where the monies would be distributed among the local radio stations.
Independent Broadcasters Ireland (IBI) member Tim Collins suggested that there should be a household broadcasting charge with the funds divided out. He asked the committee to use their powers to get this legislation through.
Mr Purcell said the independent sector employs 1,500 people and has 2.5 million listeners every day, compared to 1.2 million listeners for RTÉ Radio.
He also said the sector was very concerned about the future because advertising revenues are constantly falling.
Independent TD, Michael Healy-Rae said many people in rural parts plan their day based around the local radio station.
Mr Healy-Rae said he has great respect for RTÉ and that it has done Ireland great service, but there has to be a change because it cannot have a monopoly on the funding.
Facebook: New jobs for Dublin HQ
Social networking site, Facebook has confirmed that they plan to hire over 100 people for various positions based in their International headquarters in Dublin.
The company is seeking staff to work across a number of different functions and the recruitment process is already underway.
Jobs and Enterprise Minister, Richard Bruton said today’s announcement was a significant expansion by one of the biggest companies on the internet.
"The creation of these 100 high-end jobs is a major endorsement of the tech environment in Dublin and further confirmation of our city’s status as the internet capital of Europe,” the minister added.
Facebook currently employ around 400 people in Dublin based at Hanover Quay.
The International headquarters is the company's largest office outside of its global HQ in the US.
More information on careers with Facebook are available at the following link
Ombudsman: Emily O'Reilly
Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly has confirmed that county councils and local authorities have the right to recoup unpaid developer levies from homeowners.
A report in today's Sunday Business Post states that Wicklow County Council have already issued letters to households looking for payments of €4,800 per unit. The fees are being pursued by the council to cover costs of up to €65,000 in unpaid levies by developers.
Development levies are paid upfront by builders to cover the cost of connecting new houses to public services and utilities, such as water, gas and electricity. Generally the levies must be paid in full before any construction takes place.
Minister of State: Brian Hayes
The Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Brian Hayes has said he believes that Ireland's recent deal on the promissory note stands on safe grounds.
Speaking on this afternoon's Week in Politics on RTE the Minister described reports that the deal could unravel as "fanciful".
Mr Hayes statement comes following recent newspaper reports that questioned the legality of the deal.
The Minister said that the agreement stands to benefit Ireland both now and in the long-term.
Stabbing victim:Wexford man Kenny Meyler
The Wexford man who suffered stab wounds to his neck after an altercation last Sunday has died in a Perth hospital.
Kenny Meyler, from Wexford Town died just after midnight this morning at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
The 21-year-old sustained a knife wound to his neck following an incident at Helmsley St, in Perth's beachside suburb of Scarborough. he was later taken to hospital in Perth for treatment.
Members of Mr Meyler's family including his mother Meyler’s mother flew into Perth on Tuesday.
Detectives from Mirrabooka police station have charged 32-year-old Vincent Martin Crowe, an Irish national with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Crowe appeared before Perth Magistrates Court on Monday and has been remanded in custody to appear again on February 25.
A WA Police spokesperson said that the charges may be upgraded, pending the results of a post mortem to be carried out on Kenny Meyler.
The Department of Foreign Affairs are providing consular assistance to the family. Local emigrant welfare group The Claddagh Association are also supporting the family.
My Purple Chair
The My Purple Chair title was born from my favourite place to sit and think about what's happening in the world. It's old but comfortable. So i suppose it's a bit like myself!