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Sunday 18 March 2018

Kenny jobs pledge to economic emigrants

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has pledged to help emigrants missing out on Christmas with their families by providing "jobs and careers" for them in the future.

In an interview in Government Buildings, Mr Kenny spoke frankly about the problem of emigration which he said he had seen as child growing up in Mayo.

"Where I come from, emigration was endemic, unfortunately, for economic reasons. I get contacted from America, from Canada, from Australia by young people on a regular basis. And my preference obviously is to have a situation where they can have jobs and careers here," he said.

The Central Statistics Office expects around 40,000 Irish people to have emigrated by the end of this year, up from 27,700 last year and 18,400 in 2009.


Mr Kenny said his plan to tackle emigration was to correct the €18bn deficit in the public finances, make public services more efficient and boost opportunities for job creation.

"You are then going to be in a position to give vent to that flair and creativity of so many young people, the entrepreneurs and initiators of so many things. Talk to young people with PhDs and masters' degrees. I still get excited by the extent of the potential we have here," he said.

Mr Kenny did say that young people would always want to be "where the action is" -- but he emphasised that he wanted them to be able to get jobs at home as well as abroad.

Mr Kenny is also going to set up the Referendum Commission next month on a more permanent basis. He wants it to be ready for a series of referendums due to be held next year.

These include the children's rights referendum and the referendum to abolish the Seanad.

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