Donegal North-East TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, has said the CSO’s figures on emigration are “incomplete” and need to be improved.
He has stated his belief that some counties like Donegal are being devastated by emigration and more must be done to document and respond to this ongoing crisis.
Speaking after a series of parliamentary questions to the Taoiseach contained in their replies admissions that the CSO doesn’t provide anything less than annual figures or show which counties were suffering more under emigration. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“In the Minister of State’s replies the government admits that the CSO does not publish emigration on a quarterly or even half-yearly basis. Furthermore, they admit that they cannot accurately measure to where people are emigrating. Instead we are told “emigration is estimated by broad destination. We are also told that mapping emigration by county is not possible.
“It is imperative if we are to maintain contact with our emigrants and for our own economic planning that the CSO steps up to the mark and provides more detailed and accurate information on the extent of emigration. It is a sad indictment of the current system that the Australian services can provide, in some cases, more detail on Irish emigration than our own services,” he said.