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A social network for the parents left behind, Famine memorials, tourist initiatives aimed at the diaspora and an angry parent accuses Taoiseach of driving young people to emigration – this week’s round up of emigration-related stories from

Wed, May 16, 2012, 01:00


Statues depicting the Irish Famine near the Financial Services Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Emigration: the parents’ experience Emigrating is tough for those that leave, but it can be heartbreak for the parents and family who stay in Ireland, and one Limerickman is setting up a ‘social network’ for those that are left behind. Ciara Kenny, 11 May.

Board member backs Mater site over fear of further delays to work Businesswoman and publisher Norah Casey has backed the Mater hospital as the best location for the new national children’s hospital, adding that it was a “tragedy” that so many Irish-trained nurses had to emigrate to find work. Martin Wall, 11 May.

Pupils to remember victims of Famine Schoolchildren across Ireland observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Great Famine. 11 May.

Kerry club in financial trouble Castleisland Desmonds have appealed to emigrants for financial support. 12 May.

Tuam Herald’ celebrates 175 years in print First edition of the newspaper on May 13th, 1837, observed: “The number of emigrants from this part of the country, this season, has more than doubled that of any year in our recollection.” Lorna Siggins, 12 May.

Gathering to promote Ireland all next year The Gathering 2013 aims to attract an additional 325,000 tourists with Irish links here next year, which Taoiseach Enda Kenny says will help to lift Ireland out of recession. Kitty Holland, 12 May.

State ‘a witness’ to famine legacy Ireland is bearing witness to the legacy of the Famine, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said at the national Famine memorial day of commemoration in Drogheda. Michael O’Regan, 13 May.

Famine put helping others into Irish psyche The endurance of the Famine by one generation of Irish people had provided vital knowledge and experience for another, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said at the national Famine memorial day of commemoration. Michael O’Regan, 14 May.

Kenny encounters anger in Athlone Father-of-three Peadar Doyle accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of forcing emigration on his children. Eoghan MacConnell, 15 May.

SF calls for €13bn jobs package Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has claimed the number of people emigrating is reaching “19th century levels” as a result of the Government’s failure to help the domestic economy.

Kenny denies ‘glib comments’ United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett accused the Taoiseach of “glib” comments about emigration being “a fact of life” when it was “a fact of politics and economics and a disastrous policy of austerity”. Marie O’Halloran, 16 May.