SOME 240 people emigrated from Ireland every day last year.
The stark figures, released from the Central Statistics Office earlier today, show almost 90,000 people left the country in the year up to April 2013 as the economic crisis here shows no sign of abating.
A total of 89,000 moved from Ireland to start a new life abroad.
That figure equates to 240 people a day, or ten people an hour, or one every six mintues.
The figures for the year also show an increase of 2.2pc on the previous year’s figures, when 87,100 emigrated.
The CSO also confirmed that of those leaving the country, 57.2pc were Irish nationals.
The remainder were foreign nationals, either travelling home or moving elsewhere for work.
Some 24.6pc (21,900) of emigrants went to the UK while 17.3pc (15,400) went to Australia.
However the figures also show that the total number of immigrants, or people moving to Ireland, also increased over the same 12 month period from 52,700 to 55,900 (6pc).
This means net outward migration dropped slightly from 34,400 to 33,100.
However the figures mask that among Irish nationals, net outward migration is estimated to have increased significantly, from 25,900 to 35,200.
Reponding to the new figures, the National Youth Council of Ireland called for more to be done to stem the tide of youth immigration.
Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI senior research and policy officer said: “The emigration figures released today further underline the need for immediate and stronger Government action to stem the flow of young people leaving the country in the first instance.
“Secondly, they need to provide greater support and advice to young people who are left with little option but to emigrate.”