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St Patrick’s Day around the world, the Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI emigration survey, votes for Irish abroad and the death of Jim Stynes: this week’s round up of emigration-related stories from

Thu, Mar 22, 2012, 01:00


St Patrick's Day celebrations in Tokyo

Freckles, fries and philandering at Mass Selection of #beingirishmeans Tweets from our Twitter competition, 14 March.

The green, green grass of home They’ve made it abroad and now they want to come back – estate agents say expat househunters are a growing part of their business, writes Alanna Gallagher, 15 March.

Time to salute the US for all it has done for Ireland Patsy McGarry, 15 March.

Taoiseach launches diaspora initiative At the launch of Ireland Reaching Out, the Taoiseach said the St Patrick’s Day message to the world this year should be “now is the time to invest in Ireland’s recovery”. Fiona Gartland, 15 March.

Weary of the green or proud to be Irish? For recent Irish emigrants, St Patrick’s Day celebrations are a chance to connect with home, but some may feel little affinity with green beer and orange wigs. Ciara Kenny, 16 March.

Finding her feet in new markets and start ups Claire Hayes,  Managing director of emerging companies services at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Silicon Valley, interviewed as part of the Wild Geese series, 16 March.

Recruitment picks up down under Dublin based recruitment agency Osbourne Recruitment open an Australian office. 16 March.

Franco-Irish bond forged on the battlefields of history French affection for Ireland manifests itself more discreetly than turning rivers green or parades down the Champs-Élysées, writes Ruadhán MacCormaic, 16 March.

Ministers will promote Ireland unashamedly Harry McGee, 16 March.

Bishop wants minister for emigration to be appointed Chairman of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Emigrants, Bishop John Kirby, said government should appoint a minister for emigration. Éanna Ó Caollaí, 16 March.

Emigrants leaving by choice, not necessity Results of an Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI survey of recent emigrants show a majority left the country out of choice and did not feel they were forced to do so. Stephen Collins, 17 March.

The new diaspora speaks Part one of the results of the Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI survey of recent emigrants, with analysis from Kathy Sheridan, Ciara Kenny and Dr Marc Scully, and a personal account by recent emirgant to Melbourne Will Keena. 17 March.

St Patrick’s Day celebrates the role of all US migrants James Flannery, 17 March.

A day to reach out to all Irish Editorial, 17 March.

Assembly to examine votes for emigrants in presidency Patsy McGarry, 17 March.

St Patrick’s Day events around the world Reports from correspondents in New York, Sydney, China, France, Russia, Brussels and Spain. 17 March.

The emigration question Editorial, 17 March.

Quality of life better abroad, say most emigrants Stephen Collins reports on part two of the results of the Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI survey of recent emigrants. 19 March.

Most Irish emigrants have prospered – and most eventually want to return to their roots Part two of the results of the Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI survey of recent emigrants. Kathy Sheridan, 19 March.

An emigrant writes: Australia is home for now, but I want my kids to grow up in Ireland Ciarán Turbitt, 19 March.

We must guarantee a genuine Irish welcome for our returning diaspora Marc Scully, 19 March.

President urges a society in which ‘spirit’ can flourish Patsy McGarry, 19 March.

States with Irish migrants ‘should pay tax’ Countries that benefit from Irish emigration should pay a tax to the State in return, sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil SJ has said. Lorna Siggins, 19 March.

Emigrant funding of €11.6m, Gilmore says Funding for organisations supporting Irish emigrants will total €11.6 million this year, according to Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore. 20 March.

Leaving Ireland: a question of lifestyle or necessity? Readers respond to the Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI survey of recent Irish emigrants on the letters pages. 21 March.

An Irishman’s Diary A reluctant Frank McNally finds himself surprisingly uplifted by the New York St Patrick’s Day parade. 21 March.

Intense light of a remarkable life still luminates Seán Moran pays tribute to Jim Stynes, GAA and AFL player who died on Tuesday. 21 March.

A virtual home away from home Staying in touch with home while living abroad has never been simpler, but does it make the emigration experience any easier? Emigrants and immigrants discuss the challenges of keeping up with home while living abroad. Ian Kilroy, 21 March.