President Michael D Higgins and others at Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum, at the CHQ Building, Dublin: We should be proactive in sharing our positive migration story – the successes of the Irish diaspora and the flourishing diversity of a new Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Few nations on earth have been as marked by migration as Ireland over the past two centuries. Millions have left these shores and been scattered all a(...)

St Patrick’s experience centuries ago is uncomfortably analogous to the modern world, said Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí, an expert in migration at University College Cork.

A serious reflection on the “brutal reality” of forced migration and human trafficking would be a fitting way to embrace the legacy of St Patrick this(...)

Figure of 50,00 has been stated by the Government and Irish-American immigration campaigners “without a shred of evidence to support it”

The original estimate of 50,000 “undocumented” Irish living in the United States, long cited by the Government, was “pure invention”, an academic spec(...)

Prof Watson has proven a controversial figure in the world of science and beyond. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two members of the governing body of University College Cork have criticised the decision by university management to honour controversial Nobel laur(...)

Photograph: Steven Taylor/Digital Vision/Getty

Even the dictionary struggles to find a succinct meaning for the word “home”. Is it the urban or rural place where you live? Is it the town, city, sub(...)

Only 40 per cent of emigrants expect to return to Ireland at some stage and just 21 per cent of those who had emigrated expect to return within three years, a survey has found.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Only 40 per cent of the present generation of Irish emigrants intend to return to Ireland, according to new research. The feelings of ne(...)