“We are being driven to emigrate” says Carrigallen graduate

A YOUNG graduate from Carrigallen received a standing ovation at the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) conference last Thursday, April 28 when she spoke about the brutal economic plight now facing young teachers.

A YOUNG graduate from Carrigallen received a standing ovation at the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) conference last Thursday, April 28 when she spoke about the brutal economic plight now facing young teachers.

A YOUNG graduate from Carrigallen received a standing ovation at the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) conference last Thursday, April 28 when she spoke about the brutal economic plight now facing young teachers.

Aoife Ni Mhaille, a 24-year-old Irish language graduate and daughter of Carrigallen butcher John O’Malley claimed that newly qualified Irish teachers are being driven to emigration by an unfair 14% pay reduction compared to their older colleagues and the increasing difficulty of securing a full-time job in Ireland.

“Teaching positions - not to mention the very rare permanency - are as hot as the Adele tickets for the Olympia last month,” she said.

“As graduate teachers struggle to become an active part of the school community through part-time work, it has become apparent that our best chance of finding full-time work is to find it abroad - emigration is the new permanency. But emigration is not an option for me as an Irish teacher.”

Ms Ni Mhaille who completed a masters at Trinity College now faces a desperate battle to secure a job. Even if she secures a position, the likelihood is that it will be either part-time or temporary and she will work for substantially less than her older colleagues started out on.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.