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Emigrant children, second home charge, Titanic centenary celebrations and abandoned dogs: this week’s round up of emigration-related stories from

Wed, Apr 18, 2012, 10:31



The Titanic moored at Pontoon Bridge during Mayo Titanic Cultural Week, which marked the Titanic centenary. Photograph: Ken Wright Photography

Property clinic Emigrants who rent out their Irish home are liable for the €200 second home charge as it is no longer a principal private residence. 12 April.

Willing to make inroads through perseverance and the best intentions Emigration is one of the challenges facing new GAA president Liam O’Neill. Seán Moran, 13 April.

Tea Chests and Dreams Dermot Bolger’s new play in the Axis theatre weaves a tale of emigration, immigration, and the meaning of home. Peter Crawley, 13 April.

Drawing from a child’s experience The move to a new country is hard for all and from a child’s perspective the wrench from home to new schools, languages and friends can be particularly difficult – but there are ways to smooth the transition. Ciara Kenny, 13 April.

Making a pitch for worldwide business Richard Hayden, Operations Director of the Sports Turf Research Institute in Yorkshire interviewed as part of the Wild Geese: Irish Business Leaders Abroad series. 13 April.

IMO critical of O’Reilly’s efforts  Irish Medical Organisation criticised the “chaos and mismanagement” of the health service, which is trying to fill positions in hospitals which had been vacated by Irish graduates who had been forced to emigrate as a result of its policies. Martin Wall, 13 April.

Secret replica a star on maiden voyage A 76ft model of the Titanic was launched on Lough Conn near Crossmolina as a tribute to 14 emigrants from the area who travelled on the White Star Liner’s original voyage. Tom Shiel, 14 April.

Up to 47% of adults have less than €100 a month after bills Report on the latest income tracking survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). Conor Pope, 16 April.

‘This is a time for effort and endurance. Persistence and patience. For serious application to the job’ Abridged version of the keynote speech given on Saturday by Labour Party leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. 16 April.

Call for change in animal welfare laws Margaret Twohig of Cork Dog Action Welfare Group said that since January the charity has seen a noticeable rise in the number of dogs being handed in to re-home, because people are emigrating can’t afford to look after them. Georgina O’Halloran, 16 April.

Ah it could be worse – we could be Greece Fintan O’Toole, 17 April.