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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Emigration has a devastating impact on our economy as we lose the input of talent and energy. We need these people at home. And we will welcome them.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Relationship between Ireland and emigrants ‘must be built on trust, respect and reciprocity’

Joey Kavanagh: ‘The referendum represents a crucial milestone for the equality movement in Ireland and I wanted to play my part.’

Irish man living in London set up Get the Boat 2 Vote campaign to encourage others to travel home

The first round of IEC working holiday visas for Canada were snapped up in a record seven minutes last year, and the second round in half an hour. Image: Getty

The International Experience Canada programme will open for Irish applicants soon. Here’s how to prepare

Brian Cummins, pictured with his wife Caoimhe and son Daithi: ‘That Irish parochial sense of community is evident in Abu Dhabi through the hard working Irish Society, a successful GAA club, a soccer team, golf society and a drama group.’

My Gulf: Founder of Brian Cummins shares his advice for Irish expats

The number of Irish people packing their bags and heading to Australia peaking at 18,200 in 2012, according to the CSO. Illustration: Chris Ware/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images

Number of visas for Irish backpackers and skilled workers fell by 43% last year

The Irish population in the the United Arab Emirates now numbers around 7,000, mainly in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (pictured). Photograph: iStock

Tax-free salaries are a huge draw, and there’s plenty of work available across a range of industries

An important element of life in the Islamic Gulf States is how women are treated, and this tends to vary depending on the strictness of the regime in each of the states.

Irish people need to be prepared for a very different way of life

Domville Woods in Santry Demesne, winner of the RIAI Silver Medal for housing, incorporated existing mature trees on the site into the design. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Development shows ‘there’s no need to compromise’ in design excellence for affordable housing, says RIAI president

With the help of readers, ‘The Irish Times’ is on the hunt for the best Irish pub outside Ireland. Which would you nominate, and w(...)

It can be difficult to pin down the size of the Irish diaspora as estimates vary hugely depending on who is talking

Use our interactive graphic to find out where Irish emigrants live around the world, and how figures have changed since 1990

The Emigrant Support Programme provides funding to welfare, social, cultural, sporting and business organisations working with Irish people around the world each year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Emigrant Support Programme has €11.6m to give to organisations worldwide in 2015

The cost of living is 8 per cent lower in Ireland than in New York, according to data compiled by Numbeo and MoveHub. Image:

Ireland ranks 11th in index of most expensive countries in the world to live in

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan with Consul General in New York Barbara Jones and director general of the GAA Paraic Duffy at Dublin Castle yesterday before a panel discussion on the diaspora and emigrant welfare. Photograph: Lensmen Photography

Diaspora strategy to include initiatives to help Ireland connect with communities overseas

€5.8 million holiday home: Tulira Castle in  Co Galway. Photographs: Fennell Photography

Co-founder of online car hire company buys restored Tulira Castle on 265 acres

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More and more of us need consular assistance when we’re away from Ireland, whether we’re ill or under arrest

Ciaran Lowney: ‘I have never had any trouble getting work. Kiwis like can do people, and demonstrating this to complement your skills will count for a lot.’

My New Zealand: Accountant Ciaran Lowney has been involved with the Irish community in Auckland since moving there in 2003

If you are already an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you  don’t need a visa to work in New Zealand.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you find the right visa

All three major cities in New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch -  get more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year.

Temperate climate, lush scenery and low cost of living make it an attractive alternative to Australia

Sarah Lynch with her husband Barry and son Oliver (1)

My New Zealand: Teacher Sarah Lynch and her young family live in Christchurch, where her QS husband is helping rebuild the city (...)

Homes tend to typically be in an inner city apartment block, or a fully detached, individually built suburban or rural house.

The type of accommodation on offer in New Zealand is different to Ireland

Despite a shortage of workers, there won’t be jobs for everyone, so it is important to do your research before leaving to make sure your skills and experience match what employers are looking for.

Government is looking abroad to fill skills shortages ranging from construction to healthcare

Sarah Tharakan and her husband Nithin at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

At the start of the year we spoke to people preparing to emigrate. Here we catch up with them, to see how they are getting on in t(...)

Rachel Healy and her husband Simon Doran getting married on a beach in Mexico.

As thousands of Irish emigrants fly back to Ireland, or make plans to spend Christmas overseas, five share their feelings about ho(...)

The fall in the number of students graduating from property-related college courses, combined with high levels of emigration in the sector during the downturn, has combined to create “the perfect storm”

SCSI claim number of students graduating insufficient to meet rising demand

New Zealand Police said a ‘visitor from Ireland’ had been stopped on a highway on the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island on Sunday with his kayak strapped sideways to the roof. Photograph: New Zealand Police

Man stopped for dangerous driving was assumed to be an ‘Irish tourist’

Between May 2008 and April 2014, 78,500 people moved from the Republic of Ireland to Australia.

Beautiful beaches are a huge draw - but it’s a big move, so check our guide for practical advice

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers dozens of different visas for foreign workers, but the most popular among Irish immigrants are the working holiday and employer-sponsored (457) visas.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you find the right visa

Property in Australia: Rents and real estate prices are highest in Sydney, followed by Perth and  Melbourne.

Rental properties don’t come cheap, and competition is fierce - so get your groundwork done in advance

Despite a slowdown in the Australian economy, there are still almost 200 occupations on the Skilled Occupations List, which is a good indicator of your chances of finding a job.

Economy is strong but a recent downturn is affecting the labour market, so research is important

Aoife Kealy: ‘It is not easy to get into property development here - the market is very competitive and it is very much about who you know, and that goes for a lot of professional sectors.’

Australia Q&A: Property development manager Aoife Kealy moved to Melbourne in 2010

Gráinne Ní Shé with her husband Peter Carr and children  Fearghal, Dáithí and Bláithín in Perth, Western Australia

Australia Q&A: Nurse Gráinne Ni Shé and her young family arrived in Perth in 2012

Artist turned textile designer Helen Steele projects paint layers into the air, capturing the 3D designs for transfer to print on fabrics in vivid layering of contrasting colours. Photograph: Peter Rowen

300 photographs by Peter Rowen show Ireland’s top design and craft talent at work

The ‘English Tudor style’ home at 110 Longfellow Avenue, which featured in The Godfather, has a slate roof and was built in the 1930s. Photograph: Connie Profaci Realty

Owners of Corleone family home from 1972 film seek offer they can’t refuse

More than 120 countries allow citizens abroad to vote, but Ireland does not  allow emigrants to cast a ballot in presidential or Dáil elections. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Oireachtas committee says Irish abroad ‘should continue to have a stake in future of country’

Flight times to Ireland and temperatures vary hugely in the world’s second largest country

Mothers who had seen at least one child move abroad demonstrated increased symptoms in all three mental health categories

Increased symptoms recorded in group of older people whose children have emigrated

Alone, the charity working with socially isolated older people, replicating an ad they ran in Irish newspapers in Britain and the US in the early 1980s, as the last wave of mass emigration from Ireland was just beginning.

Analysis: Tilda study shows mothers particularly suffer loneliness and depression after children emigrate

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

Global Diaspora and Development Forum is being held in Dublin this weekend

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan speaking at the Global Diaspora and Development Forum at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jimmy Deenihan and Bill Clinton address Global Diaspora and Development Forum in Dublin

Irish-American publisher Niall O’Dowd, a co-founder of the Irish Lobby for Immigration reform, will be one of ten people to receive awards from President Michael D Higgins tomorrow for their work with Irish communities overseas. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish-American publisher one of 10 to receive Presidential award for service to Irish abroad

The first bills will now be issued to households at the end of January next year, four weeks later than originally planned.

Utility’s managing director thanks public for patience as registration deadline moved to November 30th

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations give their response to Government’s financial plans for next year

Last year, 182 organisations in 15 countries received funding for more than 350 projects under the Emigrant Support Programme. Photograph: Getty Images

Spend on ‘diaspora projects’ and Irish abroad organisations to total €12.5 million

The total allocation for spending in education for next year will be €8.3 billion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Number includes 900 teachers, 480 resource teachers and 365 special needs assistants

Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he as ‘never pretended to stand over the system’ of direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Working group will ‘ look at all issues around asylum’ and report back by Christmas

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan delivering his Budget in the Dáil this afternoon

Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin present Budget 2015 in the Dáil

The cartoon by Dean Alston appeared in The West Australian newspaper on August 11th.

Recruitment of Irish nurses leads to complaint of ‘unfairness’ from the Australian nursing unions

Men’s football final: Dubai Celts play Qatar GAA at last year’s Asian Gaelic Games

More than 800 people from around Asia will be in Kuala Lumpur today for a weekend of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie. It’s ju(...)

Crosscare, the social care agency of Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese, has called on the Government to initiate a database of Irish emigrants abroad so as to create a stronger on-line connection between the Irish State and its diaspora.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Crosscare calls for Emigrant Register to keep Irish abroad informed of job vacancies

The Taoiseach ‘has treated the Imma board, the entire arts community and the members and staff of Seanad Éireann with total disdain’, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says Imma and Seanad deserve full explanation of Taoiseach’s role

Photograph from 2010 showing Olli Rehn with then minister for finance Brian Lenihan, who he described today as a ‘great colleague’  who ‘was a very committed to the cause of Ireland and trying to save the Irish economy’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former EU commissioner says it is easy to criticise handling of crisis in hindsight

A screengrab from a video showing the apparent scuffle between Deputy Frank Feighan (centre) and John McDermott (left, dark jacket). Image via RTE

Byelection candidate John McDermott says he had no option other than to make statement

Laura Boylan, (right) from Skerries, Co Dublin meeting  Kevin O’Brien, minister for advanced education and skills with the gGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador at the Working International Expo at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Recruiters from Australia, Canada and New Zealand come to Dublin to fill vacancies

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

Since the J1 visa programme began, nearly 50 years ago, more than 150,000 Irish students have spent a summer in the US. As the US (...)

A vixen drinking, taken from the book ‘Doorstep Wilderness: A Wilder Side Of Dublin’. All the photographs were taken on the banks of the river Dodder, immediately behind the Aviva Stadium. Photographs: Paul Hughes

Photographer spends four years with foxes and kingfishers along the river Dodder

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan TD speaking at ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’ conference on return migration from a youth perspective organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland at Dublin Castle today. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Poor career prospects and high cost of living a barrier to return, conference hears

Tom Hartnett from Co Cork making his point at an Age Action Q&A forum at the Aisling Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cost of fuel, prescription charges and water charges among key concerns for older people

Paul Brady: ‘Music costs money to make. It has value. It should not be given away free. Shame on you, U2.’ Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Singer says giving album away for free is ‘nail in coffin of sustainable music business’

Sgt Maurice McCabe has claimed members of the force were continuing to cancel penalty points for friends, despite the introduction of new regulations aimed at preventing the practice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Whistlebower claims penalty points still being terminated in controversial circumstances

The number of Irish people spending time in prison in Australia is increasing, with high alcohol intake often a feature of offences committed by emigrants, the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) has warned. Photograph: Getty images

Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas are providing support to 1,256 Irish prisoners abroad

Ministers should be able to speak more openly about budget decisions, Minister for Communications Alex White has said.

Minister says Government has ‘more breathing space’ after IMF loan repayment deal

Baroness Nuala O’Loan told the Kennedy Summer Schol that the current political impasse in Northern Ireland over issues including welfare reform, parades, the past, and flags suggested it was ‘time for the British and Irish governments to begin to play their part’ in Northern Irish politics again.

Time for Ireland, Britain and US to play part in Northern politics, former police ombudsman says

Console chief executive Paul Kelly has said public inquests into suicide deaths cause unnecessary trauma to bereaved families. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Console calls on Government to remove requirement for public inquests in suicide cases

The Taoiseach said the Government would make collective decisions on the  Budget in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar claims ‘modest’ tax changes will result in ‘extra fiver or tenner’ in weekly pay

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

First-hand accounts from survivors tell of summary killings and abductions by Islamic State

The course will explore Irish history from 1912 to 1923 using original source materials provided to students online. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Half of all participants on 6-week programme are based outside Ireland

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

‘When the opportunity arises to go the US on a short-term visa, the temptation can be very strong to stay, particularly in recessionary times, when there are no opportunities at home.”

Study finds mental health issues are more prominent among the undocumented Irish

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

Jimmy Deenihan: time is of the essence. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The first Minister of State for the Diaspora has no more than 20 months to make an impact. So what are his priorities?

Photograph: Thinkstock

Life abroad: Documenting emigration

Only one in 10 students was able to tackle the most complex financial tasks on the test.

15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies were asked series of questions to judge ability to solve financial problems

Signs near security in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport informing passengers about new restrictions on traveling to the USA. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Passengers travelling through Irish airports will not experience change in security proceedures

Peter McCann: We have 800 cows, on 600 acres. Our day starts at 3.30am, to have the first cows milked by 4.30am

Great place to live and work – with just one huge minus

Minister for Health James Reilly said people with rare diseases and their families were ‘often the leading experts’ and must be central to policymaking. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Patients face long waiting times for diagnoses and problems accessing treatment, Reilly says

The Department of Social Protection has said the changes are aimed at encouraging parents back into work or training. Photograph: Getty Images

Thousands of lone parents whose youngest child is over 7 to lose eligibility for allowance

Although Fampridine, known commercially as Fampyra, is not covered by Health Service Executive-funded drug schemes, it has been provided free to patients for the past 2½ years under a clinical trial by the manufacturer, Biogen. Photograph: Biogen

Fampyra had been provided free for 2½ years under clinical trial by manufacturer Biogen

The two office buildings to be acquired by Green Reit on  Harcourt Street (above) and Harcourt Road are currently being rented to Government tenants.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Buildings on Harcourt Street and Harcourt Road occupied by Government tenants

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said Ireland ‘stood to benefit disproportionately’ from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and US. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Study finds 8,000 jobs could be created in Ireland under proposed agreement

A woman walks through flood water in Cork city in February. The cost of claims arising out of last winter’s bad weather has been more than expected, insurer FBD has said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bad weather and improvement in economic activity leading to more claims, insurer says

Public Accounts Committee chairmanJohn McGuinness on Thursday demanded the resignation of two senior civil servants over their handling of health spending. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

John McGuinness says he was ‘acting in best interests of taxpayer’, not publicity seeking

Strikes by Aer Lingus cabin crew planned for next Monday and Wednesday would have affected about 35,000 passengers each day. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Labour Court suggests recruitment of 20 cabin crew and forum to discuss roster issues

The counterfeit labels were made to replicate well-known vodka brands, including  Smirnoff, Stolichnaya and Glen’s. Photograph: Revenue

Labels, boxes and bottle-tops seized in ‘major haul’ as part of European investigation

John Lynch of the Irish Medicines Board picturesd with some of the   100,000 illegal prescription medicines worth almost €300,000 detained in Ireland as part of an Interpol  investigation. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Interpol investigation leads to 239 arrests worldwide after drugs worth $30m detained

It is estimated that the tobacco could have cost the exchequer about €1 million in lost taxes. Photograph: Revenue

Revenue describes house as ‘cottage-type industry’ for packaging illegal cigarettes

Gardaí from Wicklow, Carlow and the Garda Air Support Unit are carrying out searches this evening after a German registered Mercedes was stolen following a crash in Rathdrum this afternoon.

Passengers had stopped to help after collision when four men jumped in and drove off

Barry Dowling: TransferMate has a “strong management team and when we say we’ll do something, we get it done”

Inside Track Q&A: Barry Dowling, managing director, TransferMate Global Payments

Minister of State for Public Transport Alan Kelly with Wendy Twomey (left) from Raheny and Ciara Harte from Rush at the Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One third of all public transport trips in Dublin now taken using pre-paid system

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