An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s suggestion that young people are leaving Ireland to “get experience” shows how out of touch he is on the reality of emigration, a Sinn Féin EU election candidate has claimed.
Matt Carthy, Midlands North West EU candidate for Sinn Féin, says young people are being forced out because there are no jobs. “The reality is that many of them will never come back,” he added.
Speaking at the Davos Economic Forum Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “many leave to get experience, many leave and go to places around the world and come back with that experience.”
“Enda Kenny does not seem to understand the impact that this is having on families and communities across Ireland. A whole generation is leaving. How can any Taoiseach stand over a situation where so many young highly educated people are leaving and do nothing to address it? Does he not see the extent of this problem in his home county of Mayo?
“Enda Kenny doesn’t care. Fine Gael doesn’t care. The more young people that go, the less bad the unemployment figures look,” Mr Carthy responded.