The group carried a replica invoice marked ‘return to sender’ which highlighted Donegal’s €109m share of next week’s €3.1bn bailout. The group also brought suitcases and a signpost highlighting the numerous countries around the globe to which thousands of young people from Donegal are emigrating.
Commending the group Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray said: “No section of our society can claim to be more let down by the political system than young people. Those aged 18-25 have a much higher chance of being unemployed than any other age group. Thousands of educated young people have left Donegal in search of work and many more are planning to leave.
“To add to this frustration, in the absence of workable youth employment strategy, young people are watching billions being needlessly pumped into toxic banks.
“This demonstration by our youth group highlighted Donegal’s €109million share of the upcoming bailout of €3.1billion. This money could be used in so many positive ways. It could support businesses, upgrade our infrastructure and protect our health services rather than lining the pockets of wealthy European bankers.”
Cllr Murray also encouraged more young people to become involved in Sinn Féin, saying: “Over the last year, particularly during election time, Sinn Féin has witnessed a huge influx of young people into our party. Hundreds of young people are being drawn to the alternative offered by republican politics.
“I would encourage all those young people who want to build a better Ireland to take that next step and become a member of Sinn Féin.”