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In Ireland unemployment is rising at the fastest rate since the records began in 1967.  It’s now standing at 295,000, having grown by120,987 in the last year. The only thing growing faster than that is opposition to the Israeli onslaught against Gaza. The dole figure now stands at 8.3%. Since December 2007 male unemployment has gone up by 83% and female by 50% (although this is likely to be a big underestimate). Among young people under 25 it’s gone up 24%. Estimates from the state training agency FÁS indicate that unemployment will reach 12% this year.