Sinn Féin Midlands North West EU candidate, Matt Carthy, has described An Taoiseach Enda Kenny as “out of touch”.
Carthy made his comments following remarks made by An Taoiseach at the Davos Economic Forum stating “many leave to get experience, many leave and go to places around the world and come back with that experience.”
“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s claims that young people are leaving to get experience shows how out of touch he is on the reality of emigration. These are the same kind of comments we heard from Fianna Fáil Ministers at the start of this crisis and back in the 1980s. This attitude from our Taoiseach is not good enough. Young people are being forced out because there are no jobs. The reality is that many of them will never come back.
“Enda Kenny does not seem to understand the impact that this is having on families and communities across Ireland. A whole generation is leaving. How can any Taoiseach stand over a situation where so many young highly educated people are leaving and do nothing to address it? Does he not see the extent of this problem in his home county of Mayo?
“Enda Kenny doesn’t care. Fine Gael doesn’t care. The more young people that go, the less bad the unemployment figures look. But the parents and families left behind and the young people forced to go deserve better. They deserve a government that cares and that puts tackling forced emigration at the top of its agenda.”