Cashel councillor slates minister’s immigration comments

Sinn Féin’s Councillor Martin Browne has condemned comments by Fine Gael Junior Minister John Perry, who recently described immigration as a ‘choice.’

Sinn Féin’s Councillor Martin Browne has condemned comments by Fine Gael Junior Minister John Perry, who recently described immigration as a ‘choice.’

In a statement to The Nationalist, Councillor Browne said: “Comments made by Junior Minister John Perry during the past week, when he said immigration was a life style choice, are a disgrace. These comments follows on from a similar comment made earlier this year by Minister Micheal Noonan.

“I condemn these comments and wonder what planet they live in. Towns, villages and whole communities up and down the country have been ravaged by emigration, families have been split with sons, daughters and in many cases husbands having to take the boat and planes to seek work after the failed policies of the last Fianna Fail/ Green government which are being continued by the present Fine Gael/ Labour administration.

“It is estimated that between 87,000 and 100,000 thousand people left last year alone and to suggest this is a lifestyle choice shows a real ignorance and lack of understanding of the hardships which families are enduring on a daily basis. Obviously for some people it is their own choice to leave but the vast number are forced to make this choice for economic reasons,” said the Cashel councillor.

“A perfect example of the devastation which is been caused by this drain of mainly young people can be seen in GAA clubs all around the country who are struggling to field teams.”

Councillor Browne said he would like to know if this is a view which local FG TD Tom Hayes shares, because for instance in Golden village where Deputy Hayes hails from is one such place that has been hit hard from the drain of people out of the local area.

Councillor Browne is calling on this Government to start addressing this serious issue, before a whole generation of our brightest people are lost.

Anti Property Tax Campaign

Meanwhile, Councillor Browne is also calling on the local Fine Gael Dail representative to support their anti Property Tax campaign.

Cashel’s Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Browne has called on local FG TD Tom Hayes to “do the right thing” and support the party’s “Axe the Tax” Bill.

Speaking this week Councillor Browne said: “The only way the Property Tax can be defeated is by passing Sinn Féin’s ‘Axe the Tax’ Bill which was published by the party’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty in the Dáil last week.

“Deputy Tom Hayes knows that hard-pressed families simply cannot take any more taxes, cuts and charges, yet his party persists in pushing those families further to the brink with this unfair Property Tax.

“There are alternatives that do not involve targeting struggling home-owners. Sinn Féin has put forward these proposals time and time again. They are credible, they are workable, but most importantly they are fair.

“I am calling on Deputy Hayes to do the right thing by the people of Cashel and surrounding areas who elected him and support Sinn Féin’s ‘Axe the Tax’ Bill when it comes to a vote in the Dáil in July.”