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Youth unemployment crisis in Ireland ‘tragic’ – Lynn Boylan MEP

29 September, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has described the unemployment crisis in Ireland as ‘tragic’.

Speaking as chair of the “European Response to the Unemployment Crisis” as part of the GUE NGL Autumn conference, hosted by Sinn Féin in Carrickmacross, Ms Boylan said:

 “Last week we heard from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) that 17.5% of Irish born people were living abroad.

“When you look at the figures for the cohort between the ages of 20 and 30, that’s around 1 in 4 having left. Young people are particularly hard hit with this ongoing unemployment crisis.    

“Ireland has the worst scores in this regard in the whole of the OECD.  From parents having to speak to grandchildren via Skype to children missing important family occasions in Ireland, it is tragic - there is hardly a family in the country that has not been affected.

 “There is far more that the European Parliament can and must do on this issue. To ensure that we do not continue to lose one of the best trained generations ever, we need to stand strong, we need to continue the fight within our national parliaments and we need to combat this crisis.” 

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