Sunday 22 September 2019

Calls for more housing and insurance supports for returning emigrants

Fine Gael's Tom Neville
Fine Gael's Tom Neville
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

More can be done to assist returning emigrants including housing and insurance supports, according to Limerick Fine Gael TD Tom Neville.

He said that now that the Irish economy is really recovering and with job creation in every region of the country, there is an increasing number of people considering returning home from the forced emigration they endured during the recession.

"Due to the economic crash, the last decade saw the emigration of almost 360,000 Irish people. In 2016 we returned to net inward migration owing to our recovering economy and increased job creation," the TD said today.

This, he said, should be encouraged and promoted, but a report by Indecon highlighted a number of the issues faced by returning emigrants.

"A major issue for people and families trying to return to Ireland after a period of emigration is housing. We are all aware of the problems in our housing and rental markets, a result of the economic crash, and I know these problems affect everyone as well as returning emigrants," he continued.

He also said that motor insurance is proving hugely costly for those who have lived abroad for a number of years.

"Whatever about the need to get an Irish driving license if you didn’t hold one previously in this country, there is absolutely no rationale for charging higher insurance premiums to people who didn’t live here for a number of years. Your driving experience is your driving experience no matter where you do it."

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