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, mindhowyougo.ie.

New website mindhowyougo.ie 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 AbuDhabiPaddy.com 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: MoveHub.com

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

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