A boy gets refreshed at a water fountain in Montpellier in France. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Red warnings issued in France as temperatures set to soar to 45 degrees

With a new team member on board, and news about the referendum on emigrant voting rights

Some Irish people say nothing has changed in how they are treated by British people, others say Brexit has brought racism out of the shadows. Photograph: Getty

We asked Irish people in Britain to write about Brexit. Here are some of the 140 responses

Chester and Marian Raphael on their wedding day, in 1943

Three stories from a century of war, love and adventure around the world

Photograph: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty

It’s the biggest Irish community abroad, but Brexit and demographics are remaking it

Seán Sorohan:"I know it's sad, but I do get a little thrill pulling out the Irish passport - my whole life I've been telling people I'm Irish with my London accent and now I've got the paper to prove it!"

While some apply ‘just for the passport’, for others, their reasons run deeper

Katie Moore works  for an applied anthropology research organisation with global reach, specialising in sexual and reproductive health in resource-poor environments.

From sex education programmes to business networks, women share their experiences

Jay O’Callaghan, his husband Aaron O’Bryan, and their son Jake with his new Irish passport.

Pair ‘jumped through hoops’ for passport but one father still has no legal rights in Ireland

As a community, the Irish have the highest median age - 53 years - of any immigrant group here in Britain. Photograph: iStock

Travel and healthcare are the biggest concerns among members of 120 Irish organisations

What are the worst - or best, depending on your view - Paddy’s Day t-shirts you’ve ever seen? Photograph: @FXKennedy/Twitter

J Crew apologises for selling t-shirt with six counties missing from map of Ireland

The Irish in Britain organisation said ‘a lot of uncertainty and concern’ remained about what would happen to social welfare payments - particularly pensions - for Irish people living in the UK after Brexit. Photograph: iStock

New agreement protects rights of citizens living and working in each other’s state

Tom Foley and his friend Luke Colebrook heading out in their canoe.

Tom Foley from Co Limerick went out in a canoe as flood waters rose around his home in Townsville

The London Irish Centre opened in Camden in 1955 to meet the needs of newly arrived Irish emigrants.

Premises in Camden to be redeveloped to better serve ‘diverse needs’ of Irish community

Camille O’Sullivan performing at the Irish Embassy in London for St Brigid’s Day in 2018.

Events celebrating female talent to take place from London to Warsaw to Washington

People walk along the lakefront  in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

US cities are in shutdown as record-breaking temperatures plummet lower than South Pole

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Some of the 25,000 patients affected by strike action share their views

Ted Felton: ‘Even the smallest provincial town has a half-decent pool. Here’s our six-year-old, Robbie, at the Avoca pool in the Victorian Goldfields, a couple of hours northwest of Melbourne.’

Multi-week heatwave is breaking records with temperatures exceeding 45°C

More than 15,000 people of all nationalities will be granted Australian citizenship on Australia Day this Saturday. Photograph: iStock

Further 455 more to pledge allegiance on Australia Day this Saturday

People who have moved back to live in Ireland in the past three months can avail of up to six counselling sessions with a qualified therapist. Photograph: iStock

‘The decision to return can be very stressful for people; they are uprooting themselves’

Adam Kennedy-Ripon still lives in Prague, but plans to relocate to Ireland this year and bring his new business Surfstr with him.

Back for Business programme supports emigrant entrepreneurs to make connections

Nicola Costello: ‘They say that nursing is a calling but the conditions aren’t reasonable or realistic in Ireland.’

What can the Irish health service do to retain staff? Here’s what emigrant nurses had to say

Most-read stories were about feeling forced to leave, or dreading coming home

Margaret O’Neill, Sydney: ‘We will share what can be a very lonely day together in the company of good friends.’

How the Irish around the world are spending Christmas, from Tasmania to California

Muckross House: built by the Herbert family in the 1840s. The Herberts were related to Queen Victoria.

Gap of Dunloe, a five-star hotel and stunning local sites nearly all to yourself

Ciara Moore, a 32-year-old nurse from Greystones, moved to Sydney in 2015.

Australia’s world-beating economy is competing with buoyant Ireland for Irish talent

‘That first glimpse of Grafton Street with a sea of lights twinkling above your head...’ Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Emigrants share their journeys as they travel back to family and friends in Ireland

Here’s a selection of Christmassy stories about emigrants at home and away

Pakistani women  queue to vote outside a polling station during the general election in Lahore on July 25th, 2018: female participation in elections in Pakistan is among the lowest in the world. Photograph:  Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the times: What countries are still playing catch-up?

Roscommon man John Gunning competed for Ireland in the amateur World Sumo Championships. He’s now an English-language sumo commentator.

Top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

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 2019 programme is open for 18-35-year-olds

A pilot settled status scheme was due to open this week for health and social care workers and university staff in the UK, before being extended to all EU citizens on March 30th, 2019.  Photograph: iStock

Nursing and Midwifery Council apologises for confusion over email to Irish registrants

Electrician Gary O’Shaughnessy moved to Australia in 2011 with his now wife Rachel: ‘I feel let down my the current Government’s lack for action on these problems faced by returning emigrants.’

Thousands of workers are needed but housing and a possible crash are concerns

The number of Irish people returning to live in Ireland from abroad overtook those emigrating for the first time in nine years this year. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Recruiter seeks to fill hundreds of vacancies in IT, construction, healthcare and finance

James Claffey, his wife Maureen and their daughter Maisie, at their home in Carpinteria, California: “One of my daughter Maisie’s classmates lost her half-brother in the shootings.”

As the state battles raging wildfires, Irish people living there describe the scene

Immigration reform campaigners say they are “cautiously optimistic” about securing a new visa deal between Ireland and the US. Photograph: iStock

A ‘landmark deal’ with US could allow thousands of Irish live and work there

Under a proposed visa deal, Irish citizens would be able to apply for the portion of two-year E3 visas not taken up by Australian citizens, which could amount to around 5,000 visas a year.

Talk of a new visa deal between Ireland and US gives many hope, but some readers have reservations

Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Midterm elections: Readers in the US share their opinions as America goes to the polls

President incumbent Michael D Higgins received 77 per cent of the first preference ‘virtual votes’ in an Irish Times Abroad online poll of Irish people living overseas this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish Times Abroad ‘virtual vote’ shows 90% for Yes in blasphemy referendum

Morgan Fagg, Madrid: ‘I’m taking a day off work, spending €123 on Ryanair flights, €80 on Hertz rental, and all the additional costs of travelling home, but keeping the poet in my opinion, is priceless.’

Time limits, expense and apathy keep Irish abroad away from presidential election and referendum

Are you coming #hometovote this week?

Or are you living away, frustrated that you can’t have a say? We want to hear from you

Senator Billy Lawless: ‘Emigrants have always been in forefront in the fight for equality and democracy in Ireland and now it is our time. We have been denied the vote for far too long.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Senator Billy Lawless calls on Irish abroad to rally ahead of emigrant vote referendum in 2019

Irish Times Abroad has built a bespoke ‘virtual voting tool’ to offer its disenfranchised readers living overseas a say in elections and referendums.

Irish Times Abroad is conducting a ‘virtual vote’ for emigrants. Here’s how to participate

Patrick Conway: ‘I didn’t have a lick of Korean before I landed here in March 2007.’

Learning new languages has opened up a world of opportunity for these Irish abroad

‘A very pleasant female Garda advised me to run on a treadmill instead, saying “You’re asking for trouble if you run in the city”. I haven’t run in the city since.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Is harassment of female runners ‘endemic’? Readers share their experiences

Seamus Walsh with his family in Melbourne: ‘For 34 hours of care per fortnight we pay AUD$377 which is subsidised 50 per cent by the government, so we are out of pocket AUD$188 (€116 euro) or about $5.50 per hour.’

Readers overseas on €1 afterschool care in Belgium, to 50% subsidies in Australia

‘I know so many talented, hard working, smart women for whom high mortgages and long commutes have meant that childcare costs were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and they have decided to stay at home.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Readers respond to report showing Irish women are being shut out of the workplace

The buzz is back on Grafton Street. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

For the first time in a decade, more Irish are returning from abroad than are emigrating

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the people behind the immigration  figures he has welcomed face real problems of finance, career progress and accommodation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Good news on returning Irish emigrants overshadowed by obstacles they encounter

Emigration is also at its lowest since 2008. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Almost 50,000 people with a third-level qualification arrived last year

Stephen Cloak emigrated to Brazil for the second time, three months after his daughter was born in Dublin.

The number of people moving to Ireland is rising, but the experience is not easy for all

Net inward migration among non-Irish nationals remained strong, increasing from 23,200 in 2017 to 33,900 in 2018.

Immigration overall rises by 6.7% with 90,300 people moving to Ireland last year

The Australian government’s medium and long-term skilled occupation list still contains 176 occupations eligible for four-year temporary and permanent residence visas, including secondary teachers, the majority of trades, IT, health and engineering. Photograph: iStock

Visa rules have tightened but opportunities still good for skilled Irish workers

Have you moved to or from Ireland since April 2017? Photograph: iStock

Whether you’ve emigrated or immigrated since 2017, we want to hear from you

Tax-free salaries are a huge draw, and there’s plenty of work from teaching to construction

Darren Johnston: ‘Through hard work and determination, I was promoted a few times and I’m now a commercial producerwith my own show on Cork’s 96FM.’

Don’t despair if you get ‘disappointing’ results - there are alternative options

Vienna, Austria - August 7, 2014: A large group of people take a rest in the terrace of a cafe in downtown Vienna.

Cheap transport, excellent healthcare and a vibrant cultural scene, say Irish people living there

Méabh Ní Drisceoil, third secretary in the Irish embassy in Hungary,  meeting president of Hungary János Áder.

Interested in representing Ireland abroad? The next generation of diplomats are being recruited

John Tecuceanu: ‘It definitely has been harder in the past three years.’ Photo Credit: Bree Gaudette

Readers respond to singer David Kitt who said he is quitting Ireland because he can’t afford to live here

Eamonn Dunne: ‘My wife Jeziel is a Filipina who I met on one of my first trips, and we have twin boys Cian and Zach who will turn two in September.’

From Tokyo to Penang, readers share their stories and experiences of emigrating to Asia

Just over one-third of the people  surveyed by the Department of Foreign Affairs about living in Asia had children currently residing with them. Photograph: St Patrick’s Day Parade, Shanghai

Survey reveals a very highly educated workforce still well-connected to Ireland

Tempted by a move to New Zealand? Our newly updated destination guide has everything you need to know. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Top stories on Irish Times Abroad this week

Temperate climate and lush scenery make it an attractive alternative to Australia

The Buddhafield festival in Devon has a group of Irish emigrants at the helm.

The top stories of the week on Irish Times Abroad

 Ciarán Cannon, Minister of State for Diaspora: ‘As it moves from generation to generation that sense of Irishness begins to become diluted. If we allow that to happen, then we have a problem.’  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister of State for Diaspora Ciarán Cannon believes emigrants should be let vote in general elections

Alex Flamme: ‘I will not be taking a refund if the strike does go ahead, I want to be re-routed.’

Plans for holidays, weddings and family visits thrown into disarray by uncertainty

Jay O’Callaghan (right) with his husband, Aaron O’Bryan, and their son, Jake, in Toronto.

Parents who have had children by surrogacy are put off returning because of a legal limbo

All the info you need on visas, jobs, schools, healthcare, insurance and more

Paula Barnes, Singapore: ‘The heat takes time to get used to.’

Readers in sunnier climes share advice on conserving water and keeping cool

BEFORE: Clarence Mangan Road

Our solution was to pay more for a house that didn’t need major work

All the info you need on visas, jobs, schools, healthcare, insurance and more

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

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

A group of Irish artists in Berlin will host a new festival from June 22nd to 24th to explore what is ‘stuck in their craw’ about Ireland. Photograph: Andreas Meichsner/The New York Times

Top stories on Irish Times Abroad this week

“How much we paid for it in the first place can mean our mortgage repayments could be double or half those of the people next door.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Househunter: We’d rather not even think about that final sum ever again

 Dublin Airport on May 24th: voters were welcomed and cheered as they entered the arrivals lounge.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The #Hometovote movement has highlighted the issue for the second time in three years

 Crosscare Migrant Project claims inconsistent decisions by deciding officers means increasing numbers of returning Irish emigrants are being denied social welfare. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish abroad: Inconsistent decisions leading to poverty, homelessness, report finds

The Eighth Amendment  will be removed from the Irish Constitution after the electorate voted  66.4 per cent Yes to 33.6 per cent  No in a referendum on May 25th. Photograph: AFP

Irish Times Abroad ‘virtual vote’ shows 91.7% of citizens abroad would have voted Yes

Asked if they would vote in favour or against repealing the Eighth Amendment, 91.7 per cent of respondents to an Irish Times Abroad survey said they would vote Yes, while 8.3 per cent said they would vote No. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish Times Abroad 'virtual vote' shows high percentage for Yes among citizens abroad

Kim Caldwell: ‘Now, we need the same for women Northern Ireland.’

Few could come home to vote, so they’ve been watching from afar, full of emotion

Lucy Cooper from Cavan standing at a mural of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

We want to hear from readers living overseas who couldn’t have their say, or flew home to vote

Amy FitzGerald: ‘My wonderful husband Padraig surprised me on my birthday with flights home.’

Irish emigrants are beginning to make their way back to have their say in the referendum

Group of Irish people living in Chicago gathering to call for repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Áine Collins

Top tweets, epic journeys, and frustration among those watching referendum from afar

If you are travelling home to vote, what are your plans? Why do you think this issue is worth coming back to vote on?

We want to hear from readers overseas ahead of the Eighth Amendment referendum

Suzanne Conway writes about London Irish United for Life which is organising the #HometoVoteNo campaign.

Round-up of the top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

The women of Gaza get their circus skills on, thanks to Irish woman Jenny Higgins who shared her story with Irish Times Abroad this week. Photograph: Mohammed Al Baba

Top stories this week from Irish Times Abroad

After 18 months, 100 viewings Ciara Kenny has found a house. Stock photograph: iStock

Househunter diary: After 18 months, 100 viewings and countless bids, the deposit is paid and the closing date set

Dead end? Every old house has its secrets, and there is often a likelihood someone may have died there.

The house was gorgeous but it would be hard not to think of the violent death every time I went upstairs

£1 for a house: some of the Liverpool housebuyers. Photograph: Channel 4

House Hunter: A Liverpool-style houses for £1 scheme could fill Ireland’s 250,000 empty homes

The Purdue “All American” Marching Band from Indiana during their first visit to Ireland. The band, featuring 346 performers and world’s biggest drum, returns this year to march in the St Patrick’s Day parade for the second time. Photograph: Adrian Sadlier

It can cost a marching band $500K to come to Ireland for the St Patrick’s Day parade

Laura Colleran  and her family. “After four years in Galway we are still in a state of transition, paying ridiculously high prices for car insurance and little advancement up the property ladder”

Irish abroad face so many barriers coming home they often stay put

Photographer Rich Gilligan: ‘For years I sat on a bus travelling in and out of Blanchardstown looking at these magazines, thinking wouldn’t it be amazing to do that, imagine living in New York... I feel really lucky, but in another way, you make your own luck.’

Donal Dineen’s ‘Pathways’ highlights success of 10 very different creatives living abroad

The  report contains 30 recommendations on seven key topics affecting returning Irish emigrants. Photograph: iStock

1,188 emigrants shared their opinions and experiences in new survey

Don’t forget to tell us a little about yourself - where you were living abroad, for how long, your occupation, when you returned and to what county and with who.

Recently returned to Ireland? We want to hear about the highs and lows

Snow plough clearing the   N11 at the Glen of the Downs on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Readers pay tribute to the people who helped them and others through the storm

US President Donald Trump receives a traditional bowl of shamrocks from then taoiseach  Enda Kenny in 2017. Photograph: SAul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president declares March 2018 Irish-American Heritage Month

Emigrants returning to Ireland from a number of countries including the US currently have to go through the full driver learning process, which includes the driver theory test, a mandatory 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons, and the driving test. Photograph: iStock

Drivers with foreign licences will have to sit 6 instead of 12 lessons before test

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

Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

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

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