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E-voting machines, 52-week daddies, Muhammad Ali and new jobs initiative: this week’s round up of emigration stories from

Wed, Jan 18, 2012, 09:24


Lonely Planet says the pub remains the number one attraction for visitors to Ireland and the focus of Irish life.

Major State investment needed for recovery Austerity is not working and the Government must lead the recovery by ditching defunct economic orthodoxy. Paul Sweeney, 12 January.

Back to their roots “Most of our friends are out of work or have emigrated.” Nial Conlan of Delorentos in conversation with Jim Carroll, 13 January.

Putting e-voting machines to work Redundant machines could be purchased by pub owners abroad to re-enfranchise our many emigrants and give them a say in how our country should be governed. Letter by Cormac Meehan, 13 January.

‘I want to find a way to be a 52-week daddy again’ James Taplin’s daughter Cara was seven months old when he moved back to Dubai. Going back to work there was easy – leaving his family here was heartbreaking. Ciara Kenny, 13 January.

Globetrotting lifer now top of the company ladder Liam McCarthy, president and chief operating officer of Molex in Chicago interviewed by Joanne Hunt as part of the Wild Geese: emigrant business leaders on opportunities abroad series, 13 January.

Ennis to mark Ali’s 70th birthday Muhammad Ali’s ancestor Abe Grady emigrated from Co Clare to the US in the 1860s. 13 January.

GAA to provide 200 internships for scheme The GAA has expressed concern at the number of club players emigrating as those of playing age are most likely to be affected by the economic downturn. Ronan McGreevy, 13 January.

Coalition under pressure as 1,100 jobs lost in one day Paul Cullen and Simon Carswell, 13 January.

Singer known as ‘the girl with the tear in her voice’ Obituary of Bridie Gallagher, a Donegal singer whose audience was drawn from the extensive Irish emigrant populations in North America, the UK and Australia. 14 January.

‘Lonely Planet’ relishes a return to lowly values “Everybody over the age of 30 will have some notion of what I’m talking about. Telly was crap. Music was crap. Food was crap. Transport was crap. Most of those documentaries that drag out footage of poor wee people waving goodbye to their parents as they climb on planes tend to ignore one aspect of the emigration experience. These lucky people were going to countries without showbands, pub grub or Quicksilver .” Donald Clarke, 14 January.

Friends cook up scheme to create 5,000 jobs at kitchen table Hireland initiative encourages employers to pledge 5,000 new jobs in six months. Alison Healy, 17 January.

Minister pledges new grade of hospital doctor by end of year Long hours were leading to emigration. Eoin Burke-Kennedy, 18 January.