Councillor calls for One-Stop shop to help Irish citizens returning home

A Leitrim councillor is highlighting the difficulties returning emigrants to this country endure when they try to restart lives, jobs and businesses here.

Fianna Fail’s Mary Bohan says we should be doing everything to make it more attractive for returning emigrants but instead they encounter a variety of obstacles and difficulties.
As the economy improves, we have been hearing much about the government’s desire to attract Irish emigrants home, particularly those with valuable experience gained abroad.

But while emigrants are welcomed back, their experience is often turn sour when they encounter various government and State agency regulations and rules.

At this week’s Leitrim County Council meeting in Dromahair, Cllr Bohan proposed that the council call on the Taoiseach and all government ministers to address what she described as ‘the many serious issues facing Irish citizens returning to live in this country.’

Speaking to Ocean FM News, she says she wants to see a one-stop shop established where such emigrants could be helped.

She says that when she and Leitrim County Council Chief Executive Frank Curran were in New York for St Patrick’s Day, an Irish group there chaired by Mayo man Ciaran Staunton outlined to them the seriousness of the situation.

Cllr Bohan cited a number of examples of the difficulties returning emigrants face.