CASHEL Sinn Féin Town Cllr Browne has condemned remarks made by a Junior Fine Gael Minister regarding emigration.
“Comments made by Junior Minister John Perry during the past week, when he said Emigration was a life style choice are a disgrace,” said Cllr Browne. “These comments follows on from a similar comment made earlier this year by Minister Micheal Noonan.
Cllr Browne added: “I condemn these comments and wonders what planet they live in. Towns, villages and whole communities up and down the country have been ravaged by emigration,families have been split with sons, daughters and in many cases husbands having to take the boat and planes to seek work after the failed policies of the last FF/Green government which are being continued by the present FG/LAB administration. It is estimated that between 87,000 and 100,000 thousand people left last year alone and to suggest this is a lifestyle choice shows a real ignorance and lack of understanding of the hardships which families are enduring on a daily baisis. Obviously for some people it is their own choice to leave but the vast number are forced to make this choice for economic reasons. A perfect example of the devestation which is been caused by this drain of mainly young people can be seen in Gaa clubs all around the Country who are struggling to field teams.”
Cllr Browne continued: “I would like to know if this is a view which local FG TD Tom Hayes shares, because for instance in Golden village where Deputy Hayes hails from is one such place that has been hit hard from the drain of people out of the local area.”
Cllr Browne is calling on this Government to start addressing this serious issue, “before a whole generation of our brightest people are lost.”