Sickening spectre on emigration back with us again…

aer lingus planeSpeaking at the Black Lion and Dowra Fine Gael Branches on Monday night last, Senator Joe O’Reilly condemned the fact that for every 100 people unemployed in Cavan 2 years ago, there are now 180.

For every 100 people who emigrated 2 years ago, there are now 150 leaving Cavan. Nothing is so sad as to watch parents wave their children goodbye as they head into departures and gradually fade from view. I recently met a man who cried the whole way home from the airport after leaving his son to go to New Zealand. These people deserve a response from the political system!

There are four steps that could be taken at once in Cavan that would help to solve this problem and they are:

● We could launch a campaign asking all our people to invite home their relatives from abroad to boost tourism in 2011. This should complement an aggressive marketing campaign for our county.

● There should be an engagement by Government and all agencies in the county with our food producers to increase food processing in the county. We have a huge amount of livestock leaving our county on the hoof. Surely with proper incentives, this should not be necessary.

● A huge number of houses have not yet taken up the insulation scheme. With better marketing and possibly better incentives, the number taking up insulation could be trebled overnight.

● The immediate implementation of the proposed by-pass for Belturbet and Virginia with the extension of the M3 to Cavan would create jobs at once.

The main feature of this Government is paralysis. They are overwhelmed by their past failures and the magnitude of the results. It is time for concerted action on jobs in our county, concluded Senator O’Reilly.

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