An Irish journalist who is struggling to find work in her home country says the job market is so bad that she could be “the next Ryanair flight attendant” if not for the Government’s new immigration laws.
The journalist, who asked not to be named, said she could have made more money in the US.
“My income was around €4,000 a year but in the last two years I have been looking for work so that could be up to €7,000,” she said.
“I’m currently unemployed in the Republic of Ireland.
I’m a journalist who’s been living in Ireland for 10 years, and it’s so difficult to find a job.”
The reporter said she is a single mother who was forced to quit her job at the National Media Centre because her employer had stopped paying her salary.
“The first month we went into bankruptcy they were paying €600 a month, and then €1,300 a month.
Then in January this year we were getting €2,000 every month, but I couldn’t find work,” she added.”
We got a job offer from the American Embassy but that’s not enough, we’ve had to look for other jobs in Ireland.”
You can be a journalist for the US, but you can also be a tourist.
And if you are a tourist you can find work.
“The Government’s crackdown on migrant labour has led to a surge in people going to work in the country illegally, as they face deportation.
The Government has said it wants to ensure all of its nationals have a job, and to stop the people from being “trapped” in the system.
But in an interview with the Irish Independent this week, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said the Government had no plans to crack down on migrants.”
If people want to be in the labour market then they should be in a job and that’s where we want to see the majority of them in the workforce,” he said.
But the journalist said she was worried about the future.”
When you’ve got so many people going on unemployment benefits and we’ve already made that system so complex, I feel like it’s just going to keep getting worse.
“There are so many different things to do in this country and I feel it’s really important that people are getting their own jobs.”
And if I am a journalist, I can do that job, but if not, then I can’t do that, so if I’m not a journalist and I’m on unemployment, that is a problem for me.