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Labouring the issue of emigration.

Byline: PAT FLANAGAN

WHO could forget the time that goddess of free enterprise Mary Harney went shopping for workers in South Africa.

In 2000 the then Tanaiste was claiming there were 40,000 vacancies here and 200,000 new non-EU workers would be needed by 2006.

A couple of years after that we began exporting workers in their droves and until recently we were still seeing up to 500,000 people emigrating since the crash.

This week the Government decided to grant 800 work permits to non-EU nationals as it can't get Irish workers.

It can be summed up in two words - cheap labour. It also looks like we're doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 18, 2018
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