Michael Noonan: Ireland 'heading towards full employment'

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, says Ireland is heading towards full employment.

Mr Noonan says unemployment is just above 7%, a drop of 9% from five years ago when it was at 16%.

Despite the economic upturn, Mr Noonan said some people are still struggling to buy a home and send their children to school.

He says there is a dividing line between the haves and have nots.

The Minister said: "It's only five years ago since unemployment was 16% and it's down to 7.1% in last week's statistics.

"So, it's heading down towards full employment and that's very important in society."

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