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Government implodes while exodus continues – Morgan

20 January, 2011

Speaking today after the release of the ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise Arthur Morgan said emigration figures were bound to escalate even further with no Government recovery plan in place.

Deputy Morgan said:

“This Government are driving people onto the dole queues and out of the State.

“This year is set to surpass the peak levels of emigration in the 1980s.

“The ESRI have been forced to reduce their growth projections as a result of the deflationary effects of the Budget. No longer can the Government hide behind the fable that people are leaving the State for recreational purposes – they are leaving because the Government are choking economic growth, facilitating business closures and forcing people onto dole queues.

“With 100,000 people leaving the State by April next year and another 25,000 set to lose their jobs this year, what are the Government doing? They are imploding. There is no recovery plan. Their plans have brought us to this point and their successive budgets have crippled the economy.

“People, families and communities will be scarred by this- the greatest exodus of people from the State. We have surpassed the harsh economic realities of the 1980s. This Government have repeatedly failed to create jobs. The Government should tender its resignation and call an election.” ENDS

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