Attracting emigrants home essential to continued job creation

The Government must work to attract Irish emigrants home to ensure our economy remains attractive to employers.


“Since Fine Gael in Government launched the Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012, over 200,000 more people are now in work. While job creation in our national economy continues, the Government must be proactive its in approach to ensure that the level of job growth is maintained, and that every region, especially the border region, including Cavan and Monaghan, benefit from on-going job creation.


“The fact is that, while we are making great progress in getting people back to work and ensuring unemployment levels decrease, certain sectors face somewhat of a skills shortage. For instance, in the construction sector, roughly one thousand jobs are being created per month. However, according to a DKM Economic Consultants report for the Construction Industry Federation, some 112,000 skilled workers are needed in that sector.


“Many people from Cavan and Monaghan who have emigrated over the last number of years would have the skills such sectors require, and the experience to ensure they would have successful careers at home.


“So many families across Cavan and Monaghan have been touched by emigration. With our economy continuing to grow and improve, we can, and must, ensure that our family members and friends have the opportunity to return home.


“Not only would attracting emigrants home tackle the skills shortage certain sectors may be facing, therefore attracting more employers into our region, it would also be of great comfort to many families in Cavan and Monaghan who only get to talk to their loved ones regularly on Skype or over the phone.


“I have raised this matter with the Minister Joe McHugh, and urged him to ensure Government maintain a focus on ensuring those who have emigrated from Cavan, Monaghan, and across the country, are provided with every opportunity to move home.”


Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website