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Over 50 per cent of students in Cavan and Monaghan say they will emigrate-Reilly

24 March, 2015

 Sinn Fein Youth Affairs Spokesperson, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has said the recent Studyclix Annual Student Sentiment Index survey, which uncovered that over half the students interviewed in Cavan and Monaghan said that they will emigrate in the future, is extremely worrying.

“The results of this survey are not those of students who are unaware of what is happening around them, they are keenly aware of the realities of life in the Border regions; more aware than most of those in government. They are also aware of how Cavan and Monaghan have been neglected by Fine Gael and Labour, and by previous governments.

“The survey highlighted how 52% of students surveyed from Cavan and 55% of students surveyed from Monaghan said they will emigrate at some point in the future. That this figure is so high is quite worrying.”

“Indeed the recent findings from the Nevin Economic Research Institute’s (NERI) Quarterly Economic Observer for spring further reinforces the neglect of the Border region. The quarterly report highlighted how the region stagnated with zero net employment growth in 2014. This should be a cause for concern for everyone in Cavan and Monaghan, and the wider Border region. It is no wonder that 34% of students surveyed in Cavan rate their chances of working in their own county as “highly unlikely”.”

“The neglect of the Border region is quite real. Figures released to Sinn Féin demonstrate that enterprise agencies are failing to support the Border region, and worryingly, the number of potential investor visits has reduced in 2014, from an already scarce base.”

“Since 2008, there have been 10 IDA Ireland sponsored site visits to Cavan but only a paltry 2 to Monaghan.  There have been 306 gross losses of jobs in Cavan and 267 in Monaghan during the same period.”

“Many counties such as Cavan and Monaghan are suffering disproportionately from the economic downturn, with unemployment rates and emigration well above the state wide average. However, it appears that Fine Gael and Labour are devoid of ideas on how to foster net new job creation. Therefore it is not surprising that we have nearly 50,000 less young people in employment since this government came to power.”

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