A 'Seven Days' report on living in the inner city of Dublin and the possibility of the entire population becoming unemployed.
Unemployment in the inner city is at three times the national average. Most of the jobs in the docks have gone along with thousands of other traditional jobs. 40% of the workforce is considered unskilled and there are no new jobs for them.
The inner city working class see their jobs disappear as their employment moves to the outer suburbs.
According to the report, many of those living in the Townsend Street area of the south inner city have a poor level of education and are now unemployable.
The whole inner city is running down and its citizens are helpless.
Some of the locals who are now unemployed describe the various jobs they have held, the changes they have seen, and the challenges to find work. One man says,
We are industrial hobos around here.
This episode of 'Seven Days' was broadcast on 23 March 1976. The reporter is Patrick Gallagher.