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Fine Gael continue to ignore barriers to emigrants returning home – Reilly

22 February, 2016

Speaking this morning, one of Sinn Féin’s Cavan/Monaghan General Election candidates, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has said that Fine Gael’s continuous reference to tax as the main barrier to emigrants returning home is a complete false flag used ostensibly to camouflage their failures in addressing the real barriers inhibiting emigrants returning.

Senator Reilly said:

“The continuous reference from Fine Gael as tax being the main barrier to emigrants returning is only a composite piece of a larger narrative and does not reflect the barriers as emigrants themselves see them.

“It is worth noting that emigrants themselves have identified four key barriers to their return: poor infrastructure, precarious working conditions and low pay, lack of career opportunities and progression and a lack of affordable housing. There has not been anything done by this government in the past five years to addresses any of these barriers in a meaningful way.

“Furthermore, Fine Gael continuously make the bold claim that our young emigrants are coming back, but the facts tell a different story.

“The number of new graduates emigrating is higher than at any time in the previous six years. Only last summer, over 7,000 young Irish citizens aged between 18 and 35 snapped up Canadian work visas in a matter of minutes.

“Central Statistics Office figures show that there are 61,600 less people aged between 20 and 34 in employment since Labour and Fine Gael took up office. In addition, CSO figures also reveal that within that age grouping there are also 130,700 less young people in the labour force.

“Fine Gael has no interest in bringing young people home; it was their austerity measures and ageist policies which helped contribute to widespread youth emigration in the first instance.

“The reality is that this Fine Gael and Labour have fostered a two tier recovery, a broken recovery, a recovery for their privileged friends, not for the ordinary people of Ireland who have borne the brunt of their austerity measures.

“Sinn Féin want to create a society and economy which our emigrants can return to if they so wish. That is why we are committed to a fair recovery and addressing the issues which affect those already at home and those wishing to come home. We are committed to investing in public services, addressing substandard infrastructure, solving the housing crisis, creating equality in taxation, abolishing water charges, abolishing the family home tax, amongst many other initiatives.” 

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