Joe McHugh set up the first GAA club in the UAE while working in Dubai in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former teacher from Donegal has first-hand experience of living abroad

Dublin-born architect Niamh Kiernan: “The failure to ensure that funding for heritage is put on a statutory basis is detrimental to the heritage sector.”

Funds generated by modernising estate’s outhouses and making them available for rent

‘Australia is the best place in the world on paper, but that doesn’t matter if you have depression’

Colin and Eithne Bell with Joan Ross of the Claddagh Association (centre), and representatives of other Irish welfare organisations working around Australia, at the LINK conference in Perth.

Parents of Kevin Bell honoured in Perth for service to families of Irish killed abroad

Fiona Mayers, Yvonne McCarthy, Vicki Buckley, Ciaran Kelly and  Killian Keating (with Ciara Kenny, right) have all moved to Western Australia from Ireland in the past five years. Photograph: Lorraine McCarthy

Podcast: Five people living in WA since 2011 talk FIFO, family, careers, and moving home

Epic Ireland  in CHQ, Dublin: Some of the diaspora’s well-known members. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Since the State bailed on a national diaspora centre, Neville Isdell has pumped millions of his own money into creating the ultima(...)

FIFO (fly in fly out) contracts are especially common for workers on construction and mining projects in remote parts of Western Australia and Queensland. Photograph: Thinkstock

Research shows FIFO workers more likely to experience mental illness and suicide

In the 12 months to June 2015, just 7,894 Irish people were granted a Working Holiday Visa, down from 12,004 the previous year and 25,827 in 2011/12. Photograph: Thinkstock

32.5% tax on all income will further deter dwindling seasonal workers, says industry

GP Aifric Boylan: ‘The most striking difference between working as a GP in Australia versus Ireland is that here the health system facilitates me in taking care of patients properly.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish healthcare workers abroad share suggestions based on experience overseas

Among the groups signing who signed the letter are Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) in Britain, the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Silicon Valley, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce, We’re Coming Back, the Irish German Business Network and the newly formed Irish Association of Latin America.

‘It’s time for Ireland to live up to the inclusive vision laid out by the Proclamation’

Twenty high school students will take part in the two-week programme, which includes classes, workshops, activities and field trips around Ireland. Photograph: Thinkstock

Two-week programme funded by Government aims to strengthen ties with diaspora

A private house in Dalkey, Co Dublin, by Italian Solutions for deBlacam & Meagher

Kate Macklin sent her first consignment of Italian furniture to Ireland in an empty meat truck. Now her design, construction and r(...)

“These ‘lovely girls’ were being driven around the Tinahely Show. The winner, the Wicklow Rose, would go on to the Rose of Tralee. It was a snapshot of rural Ireland.”

After three decades abroad the acclaimed photographer Seamus Murphy came home to chronicle his country. The result is a collection(...)

Ciaran Staunton speaking at a US Senate hearing on sepsis in 2013, following his son’s death from the infection in 2012. Photograph:

Ciaran Staunton becomes third Irish person living abroad to run for election next month

Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maelbeek metro station. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy military presence in aftermath of fatal Maelbeek explosion: ‘People started to run’

Badges of pride: at  the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

From Montserrat to Perth: national day celebrated around world

Showing solidarity with and speaking up for people who are suffering

A Giant Panda cub is seen on show at China’s largest breeding Programme at Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It is a thrill to be young and lose yourself for months in the vastness of China, but you can cover a lot of ground – and be bett(...)

Melanie Cullen with her mother Shirley McHugh  in Sydney

Irish people living abroad pay a special Mother’s Day tribute to their mammies

Victim: Dermot O’Toole with his wife, Catherine, and their sons, Dale, Christian and Trent

The killings of David Greene, Jill Meagher and Dermot O’Toole in the Australian city have one uncomfortable fact in common: the pe(...)

Who came out top in an online political opinion poll for the Irish abroad? Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Support for FG and FF lower than in Ireland, while Social Democrats perform better

Gareth Simpson: ‘For me and the other Irish people I meet, it is clear and simple: access to good quality housing, schools and healthcare are paramount. Those three issues far outweigh any counter issue with regards to tax.’

We asked high-earning Irish emigrants what they thought. Here’s what they had to say

What have the main political parties pledged regarding emigrant issues? Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Some parties promise more than others in relation to voting rights, preventing emigration, and helping people to move home

Gary Whelan: ‘Our first date was a trip around the Ring of Kerry.’

On Valentine’s Day, Generation Emigration readers share their tales of relocating for love

Members of Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people who returned from London to vote in the marriage-equality referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Many of the people who have recently left Ireland want a say in the future of the country to which they hope to return

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: Generation Emigration readers on leaving lifelong friends behind, and creating new social circles from scratch ab(...)

Barry Johnston (left) and Ed Davitt (right) have both announced their intention to run as independent candidates for the Seanad from abroad.

Ed Davitt in Brussels and Barry Johnston in London launch campaign for emigrant voting rights

David Farrell Professor of Politics at University College Dublin said voters are leaving it very late to make up their minds. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

David Farrell says evidence voters are increasingly swayed by policies over personalities

Messages ping in at all times of the day and night from Ireland, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York

Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan said 80 groups had received funding for diaspora projects in 2015, relating to  culture and heritage, genealogy, communications and networking. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Local authorities and community groups urged to reach out to their people overseas

The Sydney St Patrick’s Day parade is the fourth largest in the world after New York, Dublin and Boston. Photograph: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images

Hyde Park family day is fourth-biggest St Patrick’s Day celebration in the world

There is no limit to the number of Irish people who can travel to Chile under the new working-holiday scheme.

Young Irish people can spend a year living in South American country under new visa deal

Holders of Irish driving licences can now exchange them for local licences in six out of 10 Canadian provinces. Photograph: Thinkstock

Drivers can swap Irish licence for local one in Newfoundland and Labrador under agreement

Noel Barrett: “We are lucky with the weather here, but you have to motivate yourself to get up, out and exercise.”

Since moving Down Under, these Irish people have discovered a passion for fitness, they tell Ciara Kenny

Staff and passengers at Dublin Airport. The number of Irish people on temporary visas in Australia has fallen by almost half in the  past two years.  File photograph: Kate Geraghty

More than 400 Irish sent home last year for violating conditions of temporary visas

Pat de Brún (centre, with red scarf, who travelled from Cambodia: “There’s definitely more positivity around Dublin I think; whether it’s the Christmas spirit or some form of economic recovery, I don’t know.”

‘We came together for Christmas in Ireland this year because it is potentially my mum’s last’

Maura McElhone’s piece about moving back to Ireland from San Francisco was the most-read article on Generation Emigration this year. ‘I’m enjoying feeling part of this place and it of me. And I am grateful for the opportunity Ireland has given me to start over.’

Returning to Ireland and the marriage equality referendum are the big stories of the year

Claire Smyth with her husband Kevin in Labrador, Canada.

Six Irish emigrants talk about how they are celebrating the festive season in their new homes

Belinda Ennis from Howth in Dublin dressed as a Christmas tree greeting her daughter Alex at Dublin Airport this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tears and hugs fly at Dublin Airport as families and friends reunite

Friends reunited at last year’s Emigrant Disco on the Saturday before Christmas.

'Dublin feels like the way it used to be in 2008... for just one special night of the year'

The IEC scheme allows people aged 18-35 from Ireland to work in Canada for up to two years, or three if they participate in the ‘international co-op’ category first.

IEC visas to be allocated in several rounds in 2016 rather than on first come, first served basis

A Generation Emigration panel of members of Ireland’s “creative diaspora” heard at Other Voices that attracting emigrants back to Ireland was not dependent on particular initiatives or incentives, but about making Ireland a more attractive place for everyone to live, whether they had left Ireland or not.

Session on diaspora told nostalgia not enough to draw back talented Irish people

Dave Tynan, Nicky Gogan and Joey Kavanagh are taking part in a panel discussion at Other Voices called Ireland’s Edge: Creativity, The Diaspora and Realising Potential.

Panel at Other Voices will explore what can be done to encourage creative emigrants home, with Dave Tynan, Joey Kavanagh and Nicky(...)

Barbara Murphy: ‘Knowing that even the new Irish are so willing to help out is just great; it’s  embedded in our DNA I think.’

Every year, Barbara Murphy organises a community dinner for those who have no family close by to share the day with

 On a  new summer camp programme, children of the Irish diaspora will  ‘learn about the country’s history and to experience the modern face of Ireland’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

New cultural programme and media fund announced at Global Irish Economic Forum

Economist and broadcaster David McWilliams at the forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Diaspora has critical role to play, Enda Kenny tells fourth Global Irish Economic Forum

IBRC inquiry: The Government has been told that Mr Justice Brian Cregan wants  another judge to assist him. Photograph: The Irish Times

Interim report finds six largest write-offs led to combined loss of almost €1bn to taxpayer

Norah Casey: ’I often say Ireland Inc should have an ad on pregnancy sticks abroad, because as soon as someone has a baby, they want to come home to raise their kids in the local area where they grew up.’

Ahead of the Global Irish Economic Forum, we ask panellists for their views on how the diaspora can help Ireland, and how Ireland (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will be hosting the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle this weekend.

And what should Ireland do for the diaspora? What would you like to see discussed at the Global Irish Economic Forum?

Figures released by the HSE to The Irish Times last week show only 77 nurses have so far accepted job offers  under the Nursing in Ireland scheme. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Nursing in Ireland campaign had aimed to attract 500 nurses back within three months

What’s your favourite local dish? Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

We want to hear about your top dish, food items and recipes from where you live now

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presenting Budget 2016 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Noonan says tax changes will entice Irish emigrants home. Will they? Have your say

From Nervous Nellie to Confident Ciara in just a week, Ciara Kenny learns to love the slopes high in the French Alps

New Zealand emerged as the best place for quality of life, with 57 per cent of expat respondents saying they have become more physically active since moving there. Photograph: Thinkstock

Infographic: Singapore tops HSBC Expat Explorer survey, with plenty of jobs, high wages and lots to do

How do you think you would perform in an English language test? Photograph: Thinkstock

Migration agent claims large numbers of Irish 'fail' the English test. What are the questions like?

Loretta Brennan Glucksman ‘has shown herself to be a proud Irish-American, giving back so generously to the land of her ancestors’, Mr Deenihan said.

Irish-American philanthropist ‘has shown herself to be a friend and champion of Ireland in the US’

In the 12 months to April,  35,300 Irish nationals left the country, down 13 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland has highest share in OECD of over-15s born here but living overseas

Dr Aifric Boylan at the Johnstown Bridge Health Clinic in Enfield, Co Meath. She moved to Australia last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The  Irish Times

Aifric Boylan (35), an Irish GP in Melbourne, feels much more supported since the move

Sarah Doran: “The biggest difference I have seen between the NHS and the HSE is the waiting times.”

Sarah Doran (24), Irish speech and language therapist working in Berkshire

Sally Casey: “I was surprised to find staff shortages, but not on any scale like my colleagues were facing back home.”

Sally Casey (46), Irish renal specialist nurse working in Abu Dhabi

UCC graduate Michael Courtney (24), who moved to Perth, Australia.

Michael Courtney (24) left Ireland to work in Perth hospital after graduating from UCC

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were  no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 doctors graduating each year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sick system: The ailing health service, part 3

Ciara Kenny with a quick-marinated pork tenderloin with baby corn and mangetout she cooked from ingredients delivered by DropChef

DropChef is a business that delivers high-quality ingredients and instructions for your meals to your home – you just do the cooki(...)

Downward curve: Western Australia is seeing a slowdown in mining. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Fewer emigrants than expected are returning to Ireland. But the economic situation is only one factor in people’s decision to stay(...)

In Brisbane: Richard Donovan with wife Patricia and son Michael. They will all be back in Tipperary in September.

Emigration is falling as economy improves but there is no wave of returning expats. Why?

‘Irish Times’ readers abroad on how they see the economy

Naomi Algeo, who lives in London, says she was “disheartened” by a recent JobBridge advertisement offering just €50 on top of the dole for a qualified clinical psychologist.

Recently graduated occupational therapist Naomi Algeo moved to London in January

Almost 40,000 people with a third-level qualification emigrated from Ireland in the 12 months to April. Photograph: Thinkstock

Analysis: Quality of work, wages and living costs driving people away

Just one in seven emigrants were unemployed before leaving, CSO figures show

Family reunion: Bernadette O'Donnell and her daughter Maureen will fly to Edmonton to meet Brian, Aidan and John (pictured). A fourth brother, Peter, will have moved to Canada by the time they arrive.

Winner of the Irish Times Flying Visit competition selected from 10,000 entries

The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim was the top ranked Irish sight on the Lonely Planet’s list of must-see destinations worldwide. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Temples of Angkor named world’s top must-see destination in guidebook list of 500

Former minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore presented a Certificate of Irish Heritage to Tom Cruise, whose Irish ancestry stretches back to the 12th century when the Cruise family settled in Ireland as Knights of Strongbow

Just 2,925 people splashed cash for paper proving Irish roots

Dublin might have some of the best pubs in the world, but you’ll get a much cheaper pint elsewhere. Photograph: Thinkstock

Dublin ranked 28th most expensive city in world in new cost comparison survey

“We are trying to target people who are now in their late 20s and early 30s, who are maybe thinking of getting married or starting a family, and want to come home, ”says James Gillic of Ethos Engineering. Photograph: Thinkstock

Workers with at least five years’ experience are now in high demand here

Artist’s impression of what the Twin Space structure will look like in Front Square in Trinity College, Dublin.

Twin Space structures in Trinity College and Brooklyn will allow strangers and friends to chat and ‘high five’

Dara Whelan: ‘I bear a close physical resemblance to my father - so much so that I’ve even been mistaken for him from a distance, on the phone, and unfortunately, dancing.’

Irish abroad share tributes to their dads and describe their long-distance relationships on Father’s Day

Do you know a particular city or town abroad like the back of your hand, and have insights you think holidaymakers would appreciate?

The Irish Times is looking for local experts to share insider knowledge with holidaymakers

Members of ‘Boat to Vote’, a group of Irish people returning to Dublin from London to vote in the May 22nd same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan

#Hometovote movement in same-sex marriage referendum last month captured ‘hearts and minds’ of the nation, says Minister

Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA (left), Sally Mulready Irish Elderly Advice Network and Council of State member and Billy Lawless, cChairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  at the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People working with Irish in 17 countries gather in Dublin Castle for Global Irish Civic Forum

Left to right: Celine Kennelly, Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre, San Francisco; Marion O’Hagan, Australian Irish Welfare Bureau; Denise Flanagan, Honorary Vice Consul, Auckland New Zealand; and Joe O’Brien of Crosscare  during the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government is considering possibility of extending rights without holding referendum

Karen O’Reilly with her husband Brian and children Alannah (10) and Dylan (8)

Returning to Ireland Q&A: Karen O’Reilly and her family have no regrets about moving home to Clonakilty from France

Returning to Ireland Q&A: Arts administrator Ruth Mulholland is struggling to find work after moving back from the UK

     On the wing: Those who were in their mid-20s when they emigrated in 2009 and 2010 may be heading into their 30s now, and facing decisions about whether to buy a home, take that next career step or have children. Photograph: Stephen Strathdee/E+/Getty

For five years people have been leaving in droves. Now employers and the Government want them back but housing and lifestyle barri(...)

All you need to know about applying for benefits, the Habitual Residence Condition, and transferring your pension

Six in ten respondents to a survey by the Irish Australian Chamber of Commercesaid Government assistance would be “very important” or “somewhat important” if they decided to move back to Ireland.

Survey: 98 out of 100 Irish professionals in Australia dissatisfied with assistance provided to help people move back

When votes from Ireland were excluded, a total of 5,497 were received, with 90 per cent in favour of Yes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

‘Virtual votes’ cast in Irish Times online poll by 5,500 people in 108 countries

Hundreds of photos and messages have been posted on Twitter by Irish people  travelling home from abroad to vote in the referendums today.

A selection of the best tweets showing the distances emigrants are travelling to have their say in the referendums

A group of about 30 young Irish people living in London departed on the train from Euston station at 9am this morning to make the journey back to Dublin to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.

Irish citizens are travelling back from as far afield as Canada, Australia and Africa to cast their ballot

The granddaughter of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Marina Picasso, poses outside her house Pavillon de Flore in Cannes. As a child, Marina often found the gates closed at the Pavillon de Flore, which used to be called La Californie. Photograph: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Mansion in Cannes was where artist painted some of his most famous works, and met Brigitte Bardot

Crosscare, the Dublin-based charity which provides support and advice to Irish emigrants, said the new mortgage restrictions could deter Irish people from returning to live here from abroad. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Have your say: Emigrants who bought house abroad will not be considered first-time buyers in Ireland

The #BeMyYes video features Irish people living abroad who cannot vote in the same-sex marriage referendum  on May 22nd appealing to people still living here to vote Yes.

Emigrants show support for same-sex marriage in #UseYourVote and #BeMyYes campaigns

Ireland’s net outward migration figure became the highest in Europe after the economic crash.

Young people will return to live and work in Ireland as economy recovers, says Noonan

IN-Dublin will also help   Irish professionals looking to move to the US to connect with businesspeople over there before leaving.

Mentoring programmes and social events aim to help returning Irish make industry connections

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Irish Times survey shows 18- to 24-year-olds most likely to binge but over-60s drink most regularly

Demand for the IEC working holiday visas among Irish applicants has been high in recent years, with the first round snapped up in a record seven minutes last year, and the second round in half an hour.

Demand expected to be high for first round of International Experience Canada permits in 2015

Emma Hughes: ‘I will be applying for my citizenship as soon as I am eligible. This is fantastic country to live in.’

Emma Hughes shares her experience of applying for permanent residency through new system

Console founder Paul Kelly was presented with  the Labour Party Irish Society community award for 2015 by MP Liz Kendall.

Suicide prevention charity opened first UK office in 2012

It is worth checking the list of exhibitors and jobs they are looking to fill before deciding which jobs fair to go to. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Recruiters from Canada, Australia, UK and Saudi Arabia look to fill positions healthcare, construction and education

The Irish Times Generation Emigration project received more than 120 ‘Ireland and Me’ pieces by emigrants.

Irish people living all over the world submitted pieces on their relationship with ‘home’

Eimear Nugent, Joe O’Brien, Sarah Owen and Richard King of Crosscare at the launch of their new website focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of Irish emigrants,

New website focuses on mental health of Irish people living overseas

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