Emigration of Ireland’s youth is a human tragedy
In January of
2012, Irish government finance minister Michael Noonan in referring to the 150,000
young people who left Ireland in the two years up to April 2011
not being driven by unemployment at home,
it’s being driven by a desire to see another part of the world and
live there” In light of
the present severe economic situation in Ireland it’s doubtful if
any of them left in search of adventure. Perhaps Noonan should have
asked family members why their children or spouses left.
in both Irish entities, north and south of the border, have
accepted, if not encouraged, emigration as a useful and effective
means of relieving political and economic pressure on their mutually
dependant and ineffectual governing systems ever since they came
into existence in 1921 and 1922 respectively.
To add insult to injury Irish citizens
living abroad are denied the right to vote in elections in Ireland.
This added insult by the Irish government ensures that once a
citizen leaves Ireland they cannot influence the outcome of
elections back home. After all, citizens living abroad might be
embittered at having to leave their homes and families, and in
against the best interests of the ruling elite. Disfranchising its
citizens of such a basic right is an affront to democratic
principles and stands
in sharp contrast to most other democratic governments
who allow, if not encourage, their citizens living abroad to vote in
elections in their homeland.
happening in Ireland is a tragedy of enormous proportions with dire
consequence for its future. Nothing has ever been done by successive
Irish governments to create sustainable economic and political
models that would provide for a safe and prosperous haven for all of its
people. Governments in both entities have depended on
emigration to relieve the stress on their flawed systems and on
European handouts and predatory outside sources to fuel their
economies without shame or concern for the dire consequences
inherent in such flawed concepts.
By: Tomás Ó Coisdealba