Ciara Kenny

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Why do emigration stories generate such heated debate?

We will not relate to everyone’s emigration experience but we need to be a more tolerant of those who are willing to share their stories, writes James Taplin.

Tue, Apr 10, 2012, 15:10


We will not relate to everyone’s emigration experience but we need to be a more tolerant of those who are willing to share their stories, writes James Taplin

James Taplin with his two children, who will join him in Dubai this summer

Reading the Generation Emigration forum over the last few weeks, I feel that there is a growing undercurrent of bitterness creeping in. The people willing to share their stories in the pages of the paper or online deserve to do so without the petty chirping of certain individuals.

Look! We all know that people have left Ireland since time began, the discussion now needs to revolve around the reasons why people are having to leave now in such high numbers.

This week I am celebrating my first anniversary since emigrating again. It has been the “best of times and the worst of times”, but as Bernie Taupin penned “I’m Still Standing”.

And what’s more, I have booked my family to join me in the summer, I have a new job, new house, new school for my son and a new beginning for myself and my wife.

I think we all agree that emigration can be tough on the soul, but so can staying, and spending day after day watching your self-worth evaporate before you.

Everyone has their own story and that’s what is so intriguing about the Generation Emigration blog. We will not relate to everyone’s story but we need to be a little more tolerant of those willing to share their stories.

Good luck to all those willing and able to emigrate and to those staying in Ireland I wish you all the best, because with the continuing ineptitude of our governments past and present, you are going to need it.

I really never thought I would say it but “I’m better off out of it”.

James Taplin moved back to Dubai for the second time last year, leaving his wife and two young children in Ireland. He was interviewed for the Generation Emigration series in January. Read the article here.

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