A new jobs website for Co. Roscommon people can help to solve the many social difficulties that derive from unemployment, such as homelessness and domestic violence, the chairperson of Roscommon Leader Partnership has said.
Micheál Frain, from Ballaghaderreen, was speaking at the launch of countyroscommonjobs.ie in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon town.
The website, created on behalf of Roscommon Leader Partnership, is a website for employers and jobseekers in Co. Roscommon.
The free website enables jobseekers to upload their CV, join the Graduate Skills Register or search for jobs, while employers can post their jobs to reach the largest possible audience.
Mr. Frain said that unemployment was “no doubt one of the biggest scourges of the 21st century”, which the website could help to tackle.
“Unemployment manifests itself in so many of today’s social difficulties that we have, from mental health issues, to homelessess, to addiction, to domestic violence to crime,” he said.
“We all see the devastation it can afflict on a society, indeed on a community and an individual. This is an opportunity to tackle that.”
He said that the website would become a “one-stop shop” for employees, jobseekers and employers.
Launching the website, Denis Naughten, the Minister for Communications, said that it was a “really innovative idea” that would deliver jobs in the county.
He said that it would regrettable that so many young people were leaving the county to seek employment elsewhere.
“We have one of the highest rates in Ireland leaving Co. Roscommon going to third level, whether it be IT level or university level,” he said.
“Yet those people are not coming home. About only one in eight of them will actually take up their first job in Co. Roscommon; only about one in three of them will take up their first job in the west of Ireland.”