Top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Emigrating doctors, Ed Sheeran at the London Irish Centre, and abortion in Argentina

More than 300 Irish-trained doctors have obtained working visas for Australia in the past year. A new research project from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland aims to find out why. Photograph: iStock

More than 300 Irish-trained doctors have obtained working visas for Australia in the past year. A new research project from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland aims to find out why. Photograph: iStock

 

In the past year, more than 300 Irish-trained doctors have obtained working visas for Australia. “Doctor emigration on this scale is unsustainable and demands an urgent policy response,” writes Dr Niamh Humphries in our most-read story in Irish Times Abroad this week, as she embarks on a study for the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland to find out why so many Irish-trained doctors are leaving the country.

In the London Irish Centre in Camden on the last Saturday of every month, parents crowd in with their children for a day of songs and fun. The twist? It’s all done as Gaeilge. Patrick Kelleher went along to meet the parents who are rediscovering their own love for an teanga. The centre also played host to Ed Sheeran and friends on Tuesday, bringing together the great and good of the Irish community in London for a night of song, chat and some serious fundraising efforts.

Last Thursday, Argentina became the latest country to decriminalise abortion by popular vote. Irish journalist in Buenos Aires Sarah Parker compares referendums in Ireland and Argentina:“Following the Eighth Amendment referendum result, a friend jokingly inquired if I’d be moving back to Ireland now. It has crossed my mind. But it’s a fascinating time to be here in Argentina, too.”

Also in Abroad this week, Mary Curran writes about the mysterious disappearance of her uncle, who turned up at the family home after 60 years abroad in Canada, while Sinead Tiernan shares her story of going to Belgium for 12 months, still there 24 years later.

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