Responding to the Population and Migration Estimates released today by the Central Statistics Office, Peadar Tóibin, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said;
“Over 87,000 people left this state last year, an increase of 6,500 over the previous year. Last week’s quarterly Household Survey indicated that the vast majority of those are in the age group of 20-34. More people left the state, than sat the leaving cert last year. A generation is being lost to emigration as our skilled young people are forced to leave the country.
“These figures confirm what communities across this state know, the government has failed to address the jobs crisis.
“It is time that the government reflected on this and changed policies in favour of ones that place our people and employment above bankers and developers. Another way is possible but it requires leadership and determination. The government must use the coming budget to invest in jobs and ending forced emigration.
“Sinn Féin has brought forward proposals to invest a €13 billion stimulus package for the economy to get our people back to work.”