From healthcare and human resources to construction, many workers have trouble getting their overseas qualifications recognised in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Three years after the Government identified this as an issue, little has been done

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Buyer’s agent Breffnie O’Kelly says it should only take three months to buy a home

Louise Ivory and her husband Matthew Hartwig: ‘If you love someone that much you would do anything, you would cross many rivers and many oceans.’

Louise Ivory moved across the world to marry a man she started a virtual gang with

Members of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign at the International Women’s Day march in 2017. Photograph: John Wells

Campaigners warn about dangers of ineligible voting in abortion referendum

Members of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign demonstrating in London.

New campaign launched urging eligible voters to travel from abroad to cast their ballots

David Mulligan: ‘After a summer in the US, all I could think about was going back for good.’

Irish readers in the US share their stories of getting visas and green cards to stay

Kris Shekleton: ‘I am extremely disappointed and angered.’

‘Micheál has given the proverbial two fingers to the majority of my fellow members’

House prices rose in November by 11.6% year on year – down from 12.1% the previous month – according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

House Hunter: We were very naive starting out, and didn’t cop that the sums appearing on the property price register were for hous(...)

‘I am a very experienced ward nurse with many skills to offer, but I feel rejected by my own country.’

Emigrant nurses share their experiences of trying to return to Ireland to work

Over the past decade, 356,600 Irish-born people have emigrated. Photograph: iStock

The Crash – 10 years on: The downturn sparked a wave of emigration. How did they fare in their new lives? And will they return?

A giant winter ‘bomb cyclone’ walloped the US east coast on Thursday with freezing cold and heavy snow, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and widespread school closures. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Readers from New York to Virginia share their experiences of the storm

John Kennedy: ‘ I’ve no desire to come home while the housing and healthcare situations are so bad.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Readers who came home from abroad for Christmas share their thoughts on Ireland

Terrorist attacks and natural disasters also prominent topics with readers overseas

Readers on their least-treasured gifts, from psoriasis shampoo to electric tin openers

Brenna Cahill: ‘The thermometer just hit 34 degrees Celsius (it’s 11am). I have never experienced a December like this.’

Friends become family for the Irish celebrating Christmas abroad

Geraldine Pender: “Our move back to Ireland has been bittersweet. We are loving being close to family and our old friends, the kids have settled well in school but we miss Oman.”

More Irish emigrants are moving home. They tell us how they’ve found it

The results of the Irish project could be used to improve the diagnosis of genetic diseases, particularly illnesses that are prevalent among  people with Irish ancestry, including multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and coeliac disease.

Research finds genetic evidence of Viking settlement for the first time

Sonja Heppner: ‘Any cancellations or major delays would take away from much anticipated time to catch up with family and friends in Germany.’

Irish Times readers have shared their dismay and anxiety over the planned strike on December 20th

Peter Coghlan: ‘Leave-supporting politicians and their pliant media outlets are looking for scapegoats and the Irish are in the firing line just now.’

Readers in London and around the country respond to this week’s Border talks

More than 80 journalists gathered at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin on Wednesday to discuss gender imbalance, discrimination and harassment in the media industry in Ireland.

#Waking the Media: 80 journalists talk discrimination, underrepresentation and abuse

We were so close to going ‘sale agreed’ - then they offered more and bagged it.

Househunter Diary: We resisted the urge to knock them down as they left

Gavin Lawlor, who has been living in Manama for 16 years, with his wife Dona and their three sons Calum, Oisín and Aidan-Fionn.

Two Irish residents tell us why they love living in the city that topped a recent survey

Craig McMahon (grey cardigan) with his brother Alan (taking the pic), his partner Peter (white jacket) and my partner Simone (black top). ‘After today’s results we’ve set dates for our weddings within a week of each other.’

Readers share their stories as the country they call home says yes to marriage equality

Unless there is ‘some unexpected significant shock or a substantial increase in housing supply’, prices will continue to climb, the ESRI says. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Readers share their experiences of house hunting in today’s market

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Irish readers in the US on how the country has changed for them this year

Ireland is one of 33 countries worldwide that has a reciprocal agreement with Canada to allow young people to live and work there. Photograph: iStock

International Experience Canada 2018 programme is open for 18-35-year-olds

Marlene Kairouz has apologised for her “poor choice of words”

Marlene Kairouz apologised for comments linking Irish accents to travelling conmen

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Househunter: With so little supply, our Saturdays are our own now - and we don’t like it

Peer to peer support will be offered to 48 successful applicants. Photograph: iStock

Mentoring programme aims to assist returning emigrants set up business in Ireland

Katie Kiernan with her partner Shane and son Nathan in Canada: 'I knew if we stayed in Ireland, we would struggle for the rest of our lives.'

More Irish people emigrated this year than in 2010. Why? We asked them

Liam Neeson has ‘helped to raise Ireland’s profile and awareness of Ireland and Irish artists around the world’.

Ten Irish people will be honoured by President for outstanding work abroad

Almost 127,000 Irish emigrants have moved back to live in Ireland over the past five years. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Galway event is inviting contributions and will be live streamed on Facebook

‘Spending a summer’s evening with friends in their small but pretty city garden got us thinking about the house again.’ Photograph: Getty

Diary of a househunter: At first we were top bidders. But another bid came in. Then another

Friends and family wait to welcome home loved ones at Dublin Airport. A total of 27,400 Irish people came home in year to April 2017 according to the CSO. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

CSO estimate of Irish coming home between 2012 and 2016 was out by more than 64%

Patricia Noonan with her husband Philip, and sons Shay (7) and PJ (11)

Patricia Noonan and her family returned to Cork after five years in Australia

Ireland welcomed home  27,400 Irish emigrants who returned to live here from abroad in the 12 months to April 2017.

Number of immigrants highest since 2008, but Irish still leaving in large numbers

The Diaspora Directory contains website details for 360 organisations in 34 countries. Image: iStock

New document contains listings for organisations in 34 countries

Bernie Duffy: ‘Local politics, and activism, is very much alive and kicking here.’

Our group is divided on Angela Merkel, but unanimous on one thing: anyone but the AfD

Tiernan Brady, Australians for Equality’s national director, is from Bundoran in Co Donegal.

#RingYourRellos: As the country prepares for a postal vote, much can be learned from the Irish experience

“About nine months into our house hunt, we now selfishly delight at the sight of a cracked wall if it deters some of the competition.”

Nine months into our search, we delight in overflowing rubbish or squidgy lino

Andrew McCarthy: “There are many things I love about Japan and I would dearly miss it if I were to move back to Ireland with my wife and son.”

Irish man Andrew McCarthy lives in Tokyo, 1,000km from this week's missile’s trajectory

Harvey, which made landfall  late on Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Readers in Houston share their experiences of Hurricane Harvey

James Flaherty: ‘The commute has got all the harder since last December when our first child arrived.’

Readers share their stories of keeping a home in Ireland and working abroad

Kate O’Connell on Australia Day: ‘I’m loving life in Melbourne.’

City tops Economist list of best places to live, but it has its downsides too

London is ‘haemorrhaging talent’, say recruiters. Are the Irish part of the brain drain?

Caoimhe Giolla-Møller with daughters Róisín and Sif in Copenhagen: 'Both of us were given the time and financial support to have one parent stay at home with our girls in the first year of their lives.'

Irish parents abroad share experiences of paternity leave entitlements overseas

Cailíosa Kelly celebrated  in Auckland, New Zealand  last weekend  last weekend with Irish and Kiwi friends.

The tradition of celebrating in July started with group of Irish near Sydney in 1980

Irish citizens in Australia and Canada can avail of up to six free sessions with a qualified therapist. Photograph: iStock

Emigrants 'less likely' to access support services abroad than they would in Ireland

Sale prices for Dublin properties are up 11.2 per cent in the year to May, and 72.5 per cent since the trough in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Diary of a Househunter: Cost of three-bed in Dublin has jumped €32,000 in six months

Orla Griffin with her son Daniel (3): ‘I had gotten sick of joining the family for Sunday dinner via Facetime.’

Emigrants share their stories of the joys and challenges of returning to live in Ireland

AJ Hutchinson, skydiving over Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai: “The heat hit my face like a blast from a hairdryer” AJ Hutchinson skydiving over Dubai.

Temperatures are soaring from Dubai to Doha. Irish residents tell us how they keep their cool

Cork native Brian Sheehy in Toronto where he has lived for three years. He plans to apply for citizenship as soon as he’s eligible

As Canada 150 celebrations begin, readers who have made Canada home share their stories

The house went up in flames a few years ago.

Diary of a house hunter: Our ‘up-and-coming’ area has gone and left us behind

‘The majority of Irish I know here are going home and are looking at properties.’

Electrician Darren Kane saved a 40% deposit for an apartment in Dublin. He returns next year

Irish house prices: rumours of sales closing 30 per cent over the asking price are proving true, judging by the Residential Property Price Register. Illustration: iStock/Getty

Diary of a Househunter: Our mortgage adviser says they can’t keep up

Sean Carey: ‘I can see UAE becoming a strong rugby nation.’

‘We can play the game we love at international level, representing our adopted nation’

“At those first few open viewings, we asked nervous questions of the estate agents.”

Diary of a Househunter: Ciara Kenny's first installment of a new series on the challenges of buying a home

The Global Irish Civic Forum brought 220 diaspora representatives together in Dublin Castle to discuss topical emigrant issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Simon Coveney said ‘controversial’ questions could be put to Irish people on same day

For those who have already moved back to Ireland, the experience has been far from rosy. Photograph: iStock

Ireland needs its expat construction workers back. But how can we entice them home?

Recently returned emigrants reported ‘criminally expensive’ quotes for car insurance in a Crosscare survey.

Minister for Diaspora describes high quotes from companies as unacceptable 'nonsense'

The proposed referendum on emigrant voting rights in presidential elections is one of the topics up for discussion at this year’s forum.

More than 200 people from 150 organisations worldwide to take part

 Wanting to bring children up in Ireland is a priority when considering a move back home, a report has revealed. Photograph: Getty Images

Red-tape issues hamper returning emigrants and emotional readjustment also takes a toll

A family of elephants make their way home after a long day in Amboseli National Park. Photograph: Ciara Kenny

Lions mating, a leopard without disguise, giraffes in a tussle, elephants in procession and a mother and baby rhino: all boxes are(...)

Working holiday visa programmes, which allow Irish people aged 18 to 30 to travel and work  for up to two years in Australia and a year in New Zealand, will continue as they are.

Q&A: Why are immigration rules being changed, and who will be affected?

The 457 visa has been particularly popular with Irish construction and healthcare workers.

Tens of thousands of Irish workers immigrated under scheme in recent years

Picturing the Irish Diaspora: Readers have been sending us their pics and stories from around the world.

Irish Times Abroad project gathers tales of adventure and new lives from overseas readers

Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh has said an options paper containing a range of suggestions will be published. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaign groups welcome announcement as 'important first step'

Minister of State for Diaspora Joe McHugh said online voting from abroad will be considered as an option.

Opinion divided on proposed referendum on emigrant vote in presidential elections

Senders have been posting photos of their postcards on social media using the #Post4Repeal hashtag.

‘The Irish abroad and the whole world is watching,’ say pro-choice campaigners overseas

Demonstrators took part in a ‘Free The People Immigration March’ in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photograph: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg

Fear growing over administration’s plans to clamp down on illegal immigration

More than 300,000 Irish-born people have left the Republic since 2006, and another 100,000 from Northern Ireland.

Car insurance costs, farm payments and access to credit particularly affect rural returnees, Oireachtas told

Irish teachers report faster career progression abroad, but often at a cost

‘Cailíní Secret’ project encourages Irish women to access mental health supports

Ollie Gordon from Easkey in Co Sligo, now director at TradeConnex Construction & Labour Hire in Sydney, became an Australian citizen last year.

Almost 4,000 Irish became citizens last year, four times the 2009 figure

Carol Friel, Gavin Grace and Stephanie Lyons have all moved from Ireland and are now living in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jacky Ghossein

How do emigrants feel about life in Australia? What about going back to Ireland?

Final preparations are underway ahead the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the US. Photograph: Samad Jewel/AFP/Getty Images

Readers share anxieties and hopes as Donald Trump set to become 45th US president

Brexit and Trump cause uncertainty as stories of return continue to dominate

Dave Dillon: “We’ve a book called Kiwi Jingle Bells that starts, ‘Dashing to the bay, in a Kombi camper van, Christmas at the beach, the family master plan. . .’ ”

Irish people overseas describe how they will celebrate Christmas this year

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Should it be citizens born on the island of Ireland only? Should it be passport holders only?’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Taoiseach says referendum on issue will not be held in 2017 as previously promised

Supporters of Hillary Clinton watch the election results roll in at her election night rally in Manhattan. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Readers express despair and delight as Donald Trump becomes 45th president

Generation Emigration has published more than 1,000 stories written by readers abroad since the project began in October 2011.

As Generation Emigration expands to Irish Times Abroad, we look back on five years of emigrant stories

Eileen and Seamus Burke emigrated to Vancouver for the third time in their lives in 2012. Five weeks ago, they moved back to Galway.

Irish Times Abroad catches up with emigrants interviewed back in 2011/12 to find out how moving abroad worked out for them

Irish people continue to emigrate in large numbers, but for different reasons than they did at the height of the recession in 2011. The Irish Times is adapting its coverage of the Irish abroad to reflect the changing diaspora.

Want to be our eyes and ears on the ground where you live? Join the new Network

Despite a slowdown in the Australian economy, there are still almost 200 occupations on the Skilled Occupations List, which is a good indicator of your chances of finding a job.

The economy is strong but recent weakness in the labour market means it is important to do your research

Between May 2008 and April 2014, 78,500 people moved from the Republic of Ireland to Australia.

Beautiful beaches are a huge draw - but it’s a big move, so check our guide for practical advice

Homes tend to typically be in an inner city apartment block, or a fully detached, individually built suburban or rural house.

The type of accommodation on offer in New Zealand is different from that in Ireland

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers dozens of different visas for foreign workers, but the most popular among Irish immigrants are the working holiday and employer-sponsored (457) visas.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you to get the right visa

Despite a shortage of workers, there won’t be jobs for everyone, so it is important to do your research before leaving to make sure your skills and experience match what employers are looking for.

The government is looking abroad to fill skills shortages ranging from construction to healthcare

An important element of life in the Islamic Gulf States is how women are treated, and this tends to vary depending on the strictness of the regime in each of the states.

Irish people need to be prepared for a very different way of life

If you are already an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you  don’t need a visa to work in New Zealand.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you to find the right visa for your circumstances

Property in Australia: Rents and real estate prices are highest in Sydney, followed by Perth and  Melbourne.

Rental properties don’t come cheap, and competition is fierce - so get your groundwork done in advance

Flight times to Ireland and temperatures vary hugely in the world’s second-largest country

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Budget 2017 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish abroad: Was there anything for you in Budget 2017?

Hillary Clinton polled particularly well among female respondents to an Irish Times online poll, but was less popular among young people. Photograph: Getty Images

Trump gets 23% of ‘virtual votes’ in online poll completed by 5,000 people

Carmen Spencer: ‘I recognise the possible benefit of the skills these people acquired abroad to the Irish economy if they were to return, but my issue with an “emigrant tax” is that it rewards those who left at the expense of those who stayed.’

Readers respond to proposal to offer returning emigrants reduced 30% tax rate

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Farmers objected to proposed tax of 32.5 per cent on every dollar

The ‘global gatherings’ to coincide with the Abortion Rights Campaign’s annual March for Choice in Dublin this Saturday have been organised by the Scarlet Brigade, an online network of Irish emigrants who are ‘scarlet for Ireland’s 8th amendment’.

Meet the emigrants calling on Ireland to repeal the eighth, from Melbourne to Montreal

Darragh and Lorcan Adshead started school in London last week.

Less religion, faster pace, lower costs: Irish parents on how schools compare to Ireland

Tom Crean’s birth, marriage and death records are among 2.5 million new images of historical documents available on

Millions of historical birth, marriage and death documents become available online

12-year-old Jonah Maxwell experienced bullying after moving from Dublin to Illinois

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