I Still Want Emigrants To Come Home – Minister

The Jobs Minister says she hasn’t given up on a plan to lure Irish emigrants back home.

Last month a proposal by Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s Department to offer a 30% tax rate for returning emigrant graduates earning more than €60,000 caused widespread controversy.

The so-called emigrants’ tax was aimed at those in specialist jobs in areas such as medicine, science, IT and finance.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was forced to dismiss the idea – admitting it was unfair and discriminatory.

But Minister Mitchell O’Connor says the plan still has some merit.

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