The scale and impact of emigration is leading to anger and frustration in Donegal.
Cloughaneely, part of the Donegal Gaeltacht, incorporates the towns of Falcarragh and Gortahork. Gloomy job prospects in the area are resulting in mass emigration and the young people of Cloughaneely are leaving in droves.
Falcarragh Parish Priest Father Patrick McShane is taking a stand on behalf of the young people faced with emigration. He has written a letter to Minister for the Gaeltacht Charles Haughey pleading with him to do something for the area of Cloughaneely.
Our young people are literate, and they are educated and they are enfranchised but they are disaffected and they're unemployed and they're living in Camden Town and Holloway and far away from here because there is no one bothering to get employment for them in Ireland.
Many of those leaving Falcarragh and Gortahork insist that the situation is worse than at any time in living memory. On a daily basis, busloads of young people, many who would like to stay if there was work for them, leave for London and Glasgow. The anger and frustration is palpable.
It’s ridiculous in your own country you have to emigrate.
Another man says,
I blame the government, any government, they're all the same.
The local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club is finding it difficult to fill a senior football team and one man notes that in a match between the emigrants and the local team, the emigrants would definitely win.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 April 1989. The reporter is Jim Fahy.