Donegal TD calls on Michael Noonan to apologise for emigration remarks

Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlain has called on the Finance Minister to issue an apology for suggesting people were leaving Ireland as a 'lifestyle choice'

Deputy MacLochlainn says whether or not his comments were taken out of context,  Michael Noonan must recognise they are causing hurt to thousands of families who  have lost loved ones to forced emigration.

He says too many people have left Donegal in recent years and in most cases, it was not by choice:

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