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F R E E S T U D E N T N E W S PA P E R , V o l . 1 2 I S S U E 3 , 1 9 . 1 0 . 2 0 1 0 91,000 graduates unemployed in Ireland By Gráinne Coyne According to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), there are currently 91,000 graduates unemployed in Ireland and high numbers of those are considering leaving the country in search of jobs. It has been predicted by the ESRI that over 150,000 people will have emigrated Ireland by 2015, with a vast majority of this number being college graduates. NUIG graduate unemployment levels have increased steadily over the last four years. In 2006 1.5% of graduate and 2.7% of postgraduate students were unemployed, however in 2008, when the recession began, 3.7% of graduate students and 4.7% of postgraduate students were seeking employment. This year’s survey is expected to show another doubling to around 7% and 9%. huge increase of students continuing onto study after they have received their degree, the NUIG statistics show from 2006 only 47.3% chose to take on a postgraduate degree that increased to 50.7% in 2008. The Central Statistics Office revealed that there has been a dramatic increase of 81% in emigration from 2006 to 2010 that at the beginning of the year over 27,000 Irish people emigrated and now it has been estimated that over 5,000 people leave Ireland each month in search of work. The levels of emigration haven’t been this high since the 1980s, President Jim Browne told Sin despite increasing levels of emigration that it doesn’t necessarily mean the permanent removal of graduates from Ireland’s workforce,  “During the 90s and 2000s, The true extent of lack jobs for graduates hasn’t been shown due to a 2009 graduating class who saw unemployment figures for NUIG graduates double Over 60% of grants still to be delivered By Méabh McDonnell The delivery of the maintenance grant from local authorities is late once again. At the time of going to print, only 26 out of the 66 grant awarding authorities were available for collection - 60.6% of grants not available six weeks into the semester. This has put a great deal of pressure on the students who rely on the grant for their rent and living expenses. Emmet Connolly, Education officer spoke to Sin about the lateness with the local authority grants, “It looks like we have two thirds of the County Council Grants in. But we’re missing key ones as NUI Galway has more students from certain counties than others. For example, Donegal and Westmeath are both late. This affects many more students in NUI Galway than the Wexford grant would”.He went on to describe how the Student’s Union were assured that the money would be available to the County Councils during the summer, “Mary Coughlan said during the summer she was going to frontload the money to continued on page 2 continued on page 2 a feminist’s response to james mahon graduates v. the recession Page 6 Page 17

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