Government should distance itself from Minister Perry’s view that emigration is a choice –Tóibín
Today, in response to questions from Peadar Tóibín, Junior Minister Perry in the department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation claimed on the floor of the Dáil that emigration was a matter of personal choice.
Speaking following questions, Peadar Tóibín said:
“It is astonishing that a minister in the Department of Jobs is that detached from reality to claim that those emigrating do so from personal choice. The government must act to disassociate themselves from this offensive position.
“Emigration is one of the most devastating outputs of this five-year economic slump. Since this government came to power 87,000 people are leaving each year. That’s nine people every hour.
“Most of those leaving do so due to economic necessity, not personal choice. Many are forced to take their children out of school and away from their extended family. It is clear that most of those leaving would prefer to stay in Ireland, to work and, to raise a family here.
“Emigration does enormous damage to the society left behind, with the energy of a generation being deleted. Minister Perry’s claims are an insult to those forced to leave and those families let behind.
“Our people are hungry for work, yet government policy is working against economic growth and job creation.”