Thursday 30th October 2014
Generation Emigration

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Picture postcards: The Gathering competition Generation Emigration would like you to share what you are writing on your postcards for The Gathering before you pop them in the post. A selection of the best entries will be printed in The Irish Times on Friday 30th, and our favourite will win €200. Extra points for humour.
Awards salute ‘sacrifice’ of diaspora The first annual Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad, while a bit of a mouthful, was an uplifting event held yesterday in Áras an Uachtaráin, celebrating the very best of the Irish diaspora, writes Róisín Ingle.
Emigration news of the week The Gathering "shakedown", making Dublin better, exodus of scientists and the tragic death of two boys in Hurricane Sandy: this week’s round-up of emigration-related stories from irishtimes.com
Debate over the merits of The Gathering continues The fallout over Gabriel Byrne's comments about The Gathering initiative being an artifice and a "scam" continues today. Here's a round-up of the coverage and debate in The Irish Times newspaper and online.
Gabriel Byrne slams The Gathering Former cultural ambassador Gabriel Byrne has dismissed The Gathering initiative as a “scam” and said it amounted to a “shakedown” of the Irish disapora. What do you think?
Distance gives us perspective on Ireland Emigration today is not a one way ticket, but an endless series of return journeys which enriches individuals and communities, writes Cormac MacGabhann.
Will recent emigrants respond to government diaspora initiatives? The Irish government is eager to utilise the diaspora to help aid Ireland's economic recovery, but what do young emigrants think of the proposals, asks Rachel Healy.
Have your say: Will The Gathering bring the diaspora home? What do you think of The Gathering 2013? Would you visit Ireland or encourage those with Irish connections to visit next year because of it? Can the diaspora "help lift Ireland out of recession" as the Taoiseach said?