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Have your say: Noonan criticised for remarks about young emigrants

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan described emigration as a “free choice of lifestyle” yesterday. Do you agree, or are his comments an “insult to the thousands of young people who had been forced to leave” as the opposition claim?

Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 08:22

   

Michael Noonan: criticised by opposition for calling emigration "a free choice of lifestyle" and saying there were young people constantly leaving and returning to Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Is emigration a lifestyle choice?

Yesterday, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan described emigration as a “free choice of lifestyle” and said there were young people constantly leaving and returning to Ireland.

He gave the example of three of his grown-up children, all of whom were living outside Ireland by choice. “It’s not being driven by unemployment at home, it’s being driven by a desire to see another part of the world and live there,” he said.

Read Harry McGee’s article about Noonan’s remarks here.

Have your say: Do you agree with Noonan, that emigration is a lifestyle choice? Or are his comments an “insult to the thousands of young people who had been forced to leave” as the opposition claim?