Deputy Michael Lowry has highlighted the fact that the reduced unemployment figures fail to reflect the mass exodus of the unemployed from our shores. The Independent T.D. for Tipperary has stated that whilst unemployment figures have dropped slightly in the past month the reality is that thousands upon thousands of our citizens are being forced to emigrate.
Deputy Lowry stated;
“The most recent unemployment figures are not an accurate representation of life in Ireland and the realities of those who are out of work. The truth of the matter is that day after day our airports are full of young people leaving in search of work. Many are facing destitution and despair due to lack of employment and are making the hugely difficult decision to flee the country in search of a better life abroad. We see highly skilled graduates, entire families, those burdened with debts or a mortgage that they cannot repay with no options here and no choice but to go. An unthinkable number have left. The unemployment figure has only dropped here as the floodgates out of the country are wide open.”
“Every parish throughout Tipperary has felt this loss. Families are divided and left devastated. An entire generation of people are being lost and in turn we as a country are losing a colossal amount of knowledge, skills and training.”
“Government policy to date has failed drastically in impacting any meaningful change or improvement to the prospects of those who are unemployed. We have seen countless launches of jobs initiatives and plenty of PR opportunities but no actual change. We need to establish conditions that enable employers not only to sustain the jobs already in existence but to encourage growth and the creation of new jobs.”