Indo highlights barriers to return

Several experts have called for an examination of barriers faced by returning emigrants in an article in the Irish Independent. The article focused on the high cost of car insurance for returnees, due to the fact that insurance companies currently do not take into account whether someone might have a clean driving record abroad: EmigrantsContinue reading “Indo highlights barriers to return”

USI joins in calling for vote

The Union of Students in Ireland has teamed up with to call for voting rights for Irish citizens abroad. Here’s the press release from USI: The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and are partnering to campaign for a vote for Irish citizens abroad. USI are the leading partners on the new campaign in Ireland afterContinue reading “USI joins in calling for vote”

Proclamation video illustrates strength of connection

In case you missed it, this video of Irish people at home and abroad reciting the proclamation of 1916 as part of the Centenary commemorations is well worth watching. It’s a moving illustration of the strength of the connection between Ireland and the Irish abroad.

Letter to Taoiseach calls for steps toward voting rights

A number of groups have sent a joint letter to the Taoiseach as he negotiates to form the next government, with a number of recommendations aimed at putting the emigrant vote into the next programme for government. was joined in signing the letter by other emigrant groups We’re Coming Back,Votes for Irish Citizens AbroadContinue reading “Letter to Taoiseach calls for steps toward voting rights”

Ireland’s first Minister for Diaspora accomplished much – and the post should be retained

Representatives of groups working with Irish people abroad have called for the post of the Minister of State for the Diaspora to be retained. Minister Jimmy Deenihan’s electoral loss prompted a Generation Emigration roundup of commenters heralding his accomplishments and citing the impact of his work and the importance of the position. Those commenting include representativesContinue reading “Ireland’s first Minister for Diaspora accomplished much – and the post should be retained”

Generation Emigration surveys Irish abroad on voting

The Generation Emigration blog of the Irish Times is currently running a survey aimed at gauging the political views of the Irish abroad. It’s just a few questions inquiring about time away from Ireland, attitudes about emigrant voting, and favoured political party. The survey will be up until noon on Thursday. Answer it on the GenerationContinue reading “Generation Emigration surveys Irish abroad on voting”

Sign Uplift’s emigrant vote petition

Uplift has started a petition and social media campaign to support emigrant voting rights ahead of Friday’s general election. Sign it on their website, Noting that 1 in 6 Irish voters won’t be able to cast their vote because they’re living overseas, they say “#Uplift has teamed up with organisations fighting for the rightsContinue reading “Sign Uplift’s emigrant vote petition”

Candidates launch “Emigrant Manifesto”

Two candidates running in the upcoming Seanad election have launched their “Emigrant Manifesto”, outlining their campaign for voting rights and other issues for Irish citizens abroad. Roscommon native Barry Johnston, who works as a human rights advocate in London, had announced in December that he was running for the NUI panel in the upcoming SeanadContinue reading “Candidates launch “Emigrant Manifesto””

Indo article highlights importance of emigrant input

An article in the Irish Independent suggests that government policies aimed at encouraging emigrants to return may increase tensions between emigrants and residents who never left. Citing competition for jobs and housing as being primary points of potential resentment, writer Claire McCormack outlines the uptick in returnees: Over the last 12 months, there has been aContinue reading “Indo article highlights importance of emigrant input”