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Drinks crisis, jobs plan, smoothies and London’s brain drain: this week’s round up of emigration stories from

Wed, Feb 15, 2012, 14:04


Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton at the launch of the Government's 'Action Plan for Jobs'. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

The squeezed middle Ireland’s youth has once again been condemned to poverty and emigration due to a crisis not of our making, writes Maitiú de Hal in a letter to the editor, 10 February.

The squeezed middle Not everyone has been equally affected. Opinion, 10 February.

The real reason why the drink crisis will persist Historically, alcohol was used in this way by Irish emigrants in England and North America – to lessen feelings of estrangement and alienation by achieving a temporary annihilation of the consciousness, writes John Waters, 10 February.

‘I’m excited I can now bring my family back to Ireland’ With the continuing fall in property prices, Ireland has a lot to offer us now – and a nice family home in Dublin is much more affordable, Mark Brennan told Ciara Kenny as part of the ongoing Generation Emigration series, 10 February.

Zumo smoothie bars still have prospects in the French market Gilliane Quinn de Schonen, MD of Zumo juice bar franchise in France, interviewed by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic as part of the Wild Geese emigrant business leaders abroad series, 10 February.

Coping skills learned from past recessions It would be wrong to underestimate the resilience and adaptability of the middle classes in the face of economic adversity, writes Paul Cullen, 10 February.

Ireland’s Squeezed Middle: the readers write 11 February.

The sea is always bluer on the other side of the world While many Irish emigrants are moving to Britain, their new home is facing a brain drain of its own. Mark Hennessy, 11 February.

Ken courts London’s Irish Ken Livingstone’s campaign for the last London mayoral election. Mark Hennessy, 11 February.

Training doctors to see them go Training them at our expense only to lose them to Australia is a crazy state of affairs, writes Frank Muldowney in a letter to the editor, 13 February.

Franco-Irish solidarity can help overcome difficulties Irish emigrants’ focus on English-speaking countries has caused links to “dissipate a little bit”, according to Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, 13 February.

Mixed response to jobs plan Steven Carroll, 13 February.

President could be catalyst for renewing trust in the common good Rory Coyle, 14 February.