The government has been accused of failing the people of Clondalkin and Lucan as the number of people on the local live register has risen again.
Latest figures from the CSO show 8,987 people signing on in the Clondalkin social welfare office in June, the highest since the start of the year.  That is up from 8,918 in May, but down from 9,431 in June 2012.
The figures also show that the number of people under the age of 25 signing on has risen to 1,730, again the highest rate this year.
Sinn Fein representative Eoin O’Broin said that the numbers showed Dublin Mid West has lagged behind the rest of the country.
“Once again Dublin Mid West is bucking the State wide trend. While across the country live register figures are down, in Clondalkin and Lucan the figures are going in the wrong direction.
“Latest figures from the CSO show 8,987 people signing on in the Clondalkin social welfare office in June, the highest since the start of the year.
“The figures also show the number of young people is again the highest rate this year.
“Fine Gael and Labour are failing the people of Clondalkin and Lucan. They promised to invest in jobs but Dublin Mid-West has seen little in the way of investment.”
O’Broin added that the upcoming construction projects in Liffey Valley and Newlands Cross should ease the numbers, but that local unemployed people should get first option on the jobs.
“In the coming months a number of high profile construction jobs will get under way including the Newlands Cross flyover and Tesco in Liffey Valley. The Government must step in and ensure that contractors on these jobs give priority to people who are unemployed. This is the best way to ensure that local people and the local economy benefit.”
Labour TD Robert Dowds defended the government’s record.
“I greatly regret that the figures are as high as they are and it is of great concern to me as a TD. It is the most important reason that we have to sort out the economy and we have put money, even though it is not as much as we would like, into capital projects, like the upcoming Newlands Cross redevelopment.
“The government, particularly under Joan Burton, have initiated a number of training and work placement schemes, but obviously these haven’t taken root enough locally.”