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Fine Gael and Labour using Emigration to tackle unemployment: Toibín

29 February, 2012

Speaking following the release of latest live register figures, Sinn Féin spokesperson on enterprise, jobs and innovation, Peadar Toibín said:

“Some 7,131 young people under the age of 25 have left the live register in the last year. This continues a trend that started two years ago. It is clear from these figures that emigration is the major component in this reduction.

"The Minister for Finance articulated his view last month that emigration was a ‘lifestyle choice’. This statement underlines the government’s policy in this area.

“A shocking 76,000 people emigrated from the state last year alone, that’s 1,400 a week. By all accounts this figure is accelerating. The forced emigration of the GAA generation is doing major damage to families, communities and to economy in general.

“The future potential of Ireland’s economy is being weakened by the loss of so many young people. Shockingly we find ourselves back to the bad old days of the 1950s and the 1980s.

“We are told that job creation is the top priority of this government yet they will spend six times the amount of money on one instalment of the Anglo Irish Promissory Note than they will spend in total on the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and the County Enterprise Boards this year.

“In 2011 Enterprise Ireland created a net six new jobs in the state. The enterprise agencies are running to stand still because the government is failing to resolve the fundamental weakness in demand in the economy.

"This can only be done by stimulus in Ireland and throughout Europe, by releasing credit into industry and the domestic economy and the reduction of enterprise costs.”

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