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Saturday 2 August 2014

Daly unhappy that man was informed of job in Canada

Simon Brouder

Published 30/10/2013|05:36

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Councillor Pat Daly

SINN Féin Tralee Town Councillor Pa Daly has accused the government of actively encouraging young people from Kerry to emigrate after the party obtained a letter from the Department of Social Welfare informing a Tralee man of a job opportunity in Canada.

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SINN Féin Tralee Town Councillor Pa Daly has accused the government of actively encouraging young people from Kerry to emigrate after the party obtained a letter from the Department of Social Welfare informing a Tralee man of a job opportunity in Canada.

The person who received the letter, a young working man from Tralee who has asked that his name be withheld, passed it on to Cllr Daly last week and the party published its contents on Wednesday.

The letter, which was sent out by an employment assistance office at Ballbriggan in Dublin on behalf of the the Department of Social Protection, advised the man that one of Canada's largest power companies was seeking technicians to maintain its power lines and network.

The letter was one of two received by the man on the same day, advising him of the job in Canada. The man has been in full time employment for several months. He completed an eight month state funded month training course in May and spent a few weeks in receipt of jobseekers benefit before finding employment in June. As a result he believes he may still be appear as a jobseeker on some departmental mailing lists

The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that it's sending letters to jobseekers with offers of work in Canada.

However, the Department says the letters are "for information" only, and that there is no obligation on recipients to apply for the vacancy.

Cllr Daly said he was disturbed by the letter's contents.

"It really is quite disturbing that the Department of Social Protection is now actively encouraging people to emigrate. The crazy thing about it is that he has been in full time employment since the start of the summer. So not alone are the government encouraging unemployed people to leave the country, they are now encouraging employed people as well," he said.

"It looks like we are training people only for export, like cattle. We spend a fortune training people, only to then advise them of job offers in Canada or some other foreign country," said Cllr Daly.

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