Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin 8.
Renua Ireland has organised a conference entitled ‘Bring Them Home’, which will focus on creating the conditions for our emigrants to return to Ireland but also to create more support for our taxpayers and working families to stay living in this country.
Among the many speakers will be economist Jim Power, Mark Fielding of Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) and Eamon Delaney, ex diplomat and director of the Hibernia Forum.
A new Sinn Féin General Election video featuring lovely drone footage of Ireland and excerpts from a speech made by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (top) from Carrigaline, Co Cork at the party’s Ard Fheis in 2013 on the Irish emigrant experience.
“Ireland has the highest percentage of people living abroad out of all OECD countries. One out of every six Irish-born people currently resides in another country, illustrating the devastating and enduring impact the global financial crisis has had on the country. Emigration has fallen slightly in Ireland but remains high with 35,300 people leaving in the 12 months to April 2015, a 13 percent drop on the previous year…”
I asked people to send me video messages for loved ones they can’t be with for Christmas.
Merry Christmas and lots of love to those who are missing people at Christmas, be it because they can’t come home or because they’re not around anymore.
Toasting expats can share their toasts on the twitter stream toastforavote.
From top: Conor at the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium; David and friends at Collin Irish pub, Paris, France; Elly and friends, Cairo, Egypt; Julie and friend , Sydney, Australia; Paul and friend, South Korea; Chloe and family, England; Siobhan, London, England; (l-r) Chris, Billy and Peter, Arequipa, Peru.
A beautiful piece about being abroad for Christmas, with some stunning shots of Dublin over Skype interviews with young people who have emigrated. All credit to some ridiculously talented friends of mine, Ciarán Dooley and Eamonn Murphy.
I am listening to The Derek Mooney show [RTÉ Radio One] on t’internet from abroad. For the last two days they have been running a competition to send a relative or friend who has emigrated back to Ireland for Christmas. The competition launched yesterday with a selection of songs which included the word ‘home’ accompanied by the host pretending he was an emigrant and faux crying along with laughter from the co-host [Brenda Donohue].
This afternoon (my morning) they played voice mail messages from people wishing to enter. People left their sad messages. The most heartbreaking story – and all their are stories are heartbreaking – will win the prize. How badly do you miss a loved one? Yeah, prove it…
This is Hunger Games style stuff and crass beyond measure or satire….