COUNTRIES that benefit from Irish emigration should pay a tax to the State in return, sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil SJ has said.
Fr Mac Gréil, former professor of sociology at NUI Maynooth, said he did not blame young people for leaving, either by choice or circumstance, and many were “great ambassadors for Ireland”.
“But the reality is that it is a great loss for the country, and it would be better for young Ireland to be on the dole – and be creative – than to be emigrating,” he said.
He published one book decades ago on prejudice in Ireland and has been living on his increasingly flimsy reputation ever since. Time has overtaken him.
Using his logic, why should Ireland not pay states from which its draws skilled immigrants to staff areas like health care?
The idea that Ireland should pay people to stay unemployed in Ireland being "creative" is the fantasy of an old man who is living in some dancing-at-the-crossroads, John-Hinde-postcard-arran-sweater-wearing-red-hair-and-freckles-turf-cutting past.
Maybe he should speak out on the sexual abuse that was going on in Maynooth instead? Maybe he should suggest that religious orders pay their fair share of the compensation being paid to survivors of residential institution abuse?