Pete O’Sullivan: “I had been going out with a Canadian girl for a few years, but we broke up and a lot of my ties to the place were removed then. My job was going well, but I knew I wouldn’t be in the same role for the long haul.”

Case Study: Pete O’Sullivan (33)

Dublin Airport: Just 11,600 Irish people arrived home from abroad last year, a fall of 26 per cent on the previous 12 months, and half the 2009 figure.

Analysis: more needs to be done to encourage people not to leave this country

A total of 81,900 people of all nationalities left Ireland in the 12 months to April, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

Just one in five emigrants unemployed before leaving, new CSO figures show

The cartoon at the centre of the controversy  appeared in The West Australian newspaper earlier this week. Photograph: Irish People Living In Australia

Irish group files complaint with Independent Media Council in Australia

The comic appeared in The West Australian newspaper yesterday. Photograph: Irish People Living In Australia

Image in The West Australian depicts Irish nurses doing a jig with a leprechaun

The researchers found that while the role of long-standing supports for the Irish abroad like the church or the Irish pub is diminishing, new social networks were emerging which are allowing emigrants to “self help”, especially online.

Study finds lack of basic knowledge about issues like the cost of living

Initiatives such as the Gathering seek financial input from abroad but sometimes the money needs to flow the other way. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people living abroad may be better off than in the past but they still require support

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