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Fear over brain drain

UP TO 63pc of recent graduates and experienced industry professionals are considering emigrating to find employment.

An online survey found that the majority of people are looking to Canada, Australia and New Zealand as the most popular locations to seek employment.

Declan Byrne, director of Innovo Training & Development which carried out the research, said that Ireland's heritage of emigration is ever more evident in times of recession.

"We are losing the graduate and industry talent that we have spent millions educating and the only way forward is to create new enterprises that employ people and generate economic activity," he said.