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

Richard Donovan had always wanted to see Australia, so when activity at the civil-works company he worked for began to slow, in early 2008, it seemed (...)

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

When the Government published its first diaspora policy in March this year, encouraging emigrants who had left the country in their droves to retur(...)

Joan Burton may still be a fan of JobBridge but most would prefer to see it scrapped

Is it time for the controversial JobBridge internship scheme to be wound up? The Department of Social Protection announced earlier this week it was to(...)

Aoife McLysaght: “I would have loved to have had the college experience of living away from home”

The rest of your life beckons, and the next few years of it may be spent in college. Third-level education can be a defining stage of your life and(...)

     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

This article forms part of a new Returning to Ireland guide by The Irish Times, with information on jobs, housing, health and education, and advice(...)

“Ourselves and a whole range of organisations have come together on the Alcohol Health Alliance and that’s the first time that’s ever happened,”  says the National Youth Council’s James Doorley.  Photograph:  Alan Betson

One of the most fervent opponents to Diageo’s involvement in the controversial Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign says some unexpected positive dev(...)

BeLong To Yes, the largest national coalition of youth and children’s organisations calling for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22nd, gathered outside the GPO in Dublin on Tuesday to launch their Yes campaign posters. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwell Photography

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has called for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd.The NYCI is the representative (...)

Only 6% of young people agree that “the referendum has an impact on existing marriage between a man and a woman”. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 90 per cent of 18- to 35-year-olds say they would vote Yes in the same sex marriage referendum, but only 55 per cent say they are likely to cast (...)

Mr Justice Kevin Cross,  Referendum Commission chairman, has  warned prospective voters that there is ‘very little time’ left to sign up to the register of electors ahead of next month’s referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Referendum Commission has warned prospective voters that there is “very little time” left to sign up to the register of electors ahead of next mon(...)

Representatives from the  BeLonG To YES coalition at a meeting on the importance for young people of a ‘Yes’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Organisations involved in the coalition include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige and BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The same-sex marriage referendum represents an ‘incredible opportunity’ to look young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the eye and tel(...)