Tuesday 17 October 2017

Editorial: Tackling emigration must be highest priority

Pictured at The Emigrant Flame in New Ross, Co Wexford is Caroline OConnor originally from Waterford and now living in Melbourne, Australia was reunited with her family.
Pictured at The Emigrant Flame in New Ross, Co Wexford is Caroline OConnor originally from Waterford and now living in Melbourne, Australia was reunited with her family.

MOST people will agree that the big challenge for 2014 is to create employment and move a big step further on the long road to solvency and prosperity. But today we must insist upon a more urgent and specific goal: an end to involuntary emigration in the coming 12 months. It is a subset of that bigger economic goal -- but it is by now so urgent that it requires specific and targeted attention.

The pre-Christmas scenes at our various airports of happy reunions as our exiles were welcomed home will shortly be repeated with the less happy theme of separation. And today we bring you the sad news that over every single day last year an average of 250 people left our shores.

That daily loss of people came despite a modest but significant upturn in our economic fortunes and a small but welcome decline in unemployment.

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