Ireland must tackle the issues that drive emigration, according to President Michael D Higgins. President Higgins is settling into his first week at Áras an Uachtaráin following his inauguration at a ceremony in Dublin Castle last Friday.
And during his speech he asked Irish people to join together to find a solution to the thousands departing Irish shores.
He said: “Next year Bunreacht na hÉireann is 75 years old and a Constitutional Convention is planned by Government. As President, I encourage all citizens, of all ages, at home and abroad to take the opportunity of engaging with this important review as an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from and on how we might see ourselves into the future.
“We Irish have been a Diasporic people for a great part of our history. The circumstances that have impelled – and that continue to impel – many citizens to seek employment and a better life elsewhere, are not ordained by some mysterious hand of fate, they challenge our capacity to create a sustainable and prosperous economy and an inspiring model of the good society.
“We, in our time, must address the real circumstances that generate involuntary emigration, and resolve that in the years ahead we will strive with all our energy and intellect, with mind and heart to create an Ireland which our young people do not feel they have to leave and to which our emigrants, or their children, may wish, in time, to return to work and live in dignity and prosperity. I invite all of the Irish, wherever they may be across the world, to become involved with us in that task of remaking our economy and society.”