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Union of Students in Ireland (USI)
July 18th 2013
OVERSEAS GAA TEAMS WILL DOMINATE ALL-IRELAND, STUDENTS WARN
IRISH students today (THURSDAY) warned that GAA teams from London, New York and Australia will soon end up dominating the All-Ireland Championships.
On the eve of the weekend that will see London play in an historic Connacht final, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) highlighted the unprecedented numbers of qualified graduates being forced to leave Ireland.
More than 120,000 young people between the ages of 15-24 have emigrated in the last four years. And, of those who have stayed behind, one in two graduates had no work at all in 2012.
Pictured in Waterford yesterday to highlight the issue was from left Kevin Donoghue from Roscommon, Mark Duffy from Galway, Martina Quirke from Kerry, Glenn O'Brien from Dublin and Karen Sheehan from Kerry.
Picture Dylan Vaughan.
“Behind London’s great achievement in getting to the Connacht Final there is a tragic story of young and educated people who have had no choice but to leave Ireland,” said USI President Joe O’Connor today (THURSDAY).
“These are people who have invested in their own education but also people that the State has spent huge amounts of money educating. Not only are we losing potential. We are also losing our investment and handing huge advantages to competing countries.”
USI is now calling on the government to use the agreement of a new European Union budget, which includes €6 billion in funding for a continent-wide Youth Guarantee, to specifically tackle graduate unemployment.
“The only way for Ireland to escape from this economic disaster is through the harnessing of our educated and qualified graduates. It is intolerable that unemployment amongst young graduates with relevant degrees is 45 per cent when the headline official rate is less than 15 per cent,” added Mr O’Connor.