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Government claims that young emigrants are coming home is farcical – Reilly

28 April, 2015

Sinn Fein Youth Affairs Spokesperson, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has stated that Minister Michael Noonan’s claim during the government’s Spring Economic Statement that our young emigrants are coming home is farcical.

Senator Reilly said;

“Today during Minister Noonan’s delivery of the Spring Economic Statement he made 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 a fortnight ago over 7,000 young Irish citizens aged between 18 and 35 snapped up Canadian work visas in a matter of minutes.”

“It is worth noting that emigrants 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 is nothing in today’s announcement that addresses any of these barriers in a meaningful way.

“Furthermore, there are 60,900 less people aged between 20 and 34 in employment since Labour and Fine Gael took up office. The number of people in employment during this government’s term fell by 14,000 in 2014 alone. Employment in the West has fallen by 4,800 in the year to December 2014, and by 5,000 in the South West. There is a similar situation in the Border region where the number of people in employment has fallen by 1,300 since Labour and Fine Gael took up office in 2011.

“This government 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.”

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