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

As part of a consultation process for the Government’s first Global Irish Diaspora Policy, published in March 2015, “recognition of qualifications” wa(...)

‘I wanted my professional and sporting careers to not alone continue in Ireland, but flourish; after all, I was coming back to my homeland.’

While living in Australia, I followed the news from Ireland closely. In 2015 and 2016, Enda Kenny repeatedly pleaded with the Irish abroad to bring th(...)

An increasing number of Irish couples are returning to live in Ireland with young children born abroad. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Q: My partner and I are moving back to Cork from Canada this summer. We have been living here for nearly six years, and now have an almost one-ye(...)

Emigrants who left during the recession say they are being deterred from returning due to high fees. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a big, game-changing announcement. On St Patrick’s Day in 2014, then minister for education Ruairi Quinn brought relief to Irish families scatt(...)

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

Last week, Irish Times Abroad published a feature about the difficulties emigrant nurses are experiencing in their attempts to return to Ireland to wo(...)

Disapora: never forget that underneath the PR and the branding and rebranding, the novelty socks and the grinning plausibility, this is still a banana republic.

Think again for it will be a mistake 1. Don’t come back. 2. If you decide to come back anyway, remember that returning is the Great Irish Solecism. (...)

A few months ago I wrote a piece for Irish Times Abroad listing my five favourite things about living back in Ireland, after my move home from Au(...)

‘It is right that we have high standards here’

Come home, nurses. We need you. That was the clear message of a two-year HSE recruitment campaign aimed at bringing back Irish nurses who had emigrate(...)

Ciara Lyons as Rapunzel, Joe Conlon as Nanny Ninny Noonah, Johnny Ward as Johnny B Goode and Nicholas Grennell as the King “Larry Lilly Loolah”, on stage at the Gaiety theatre. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

“Ya eejit!”. So says my eight-year-old to anyone she can, whenever she can, since she heard it at the Rapunzel pantomime last week at the Gaiety theat(...)

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.”

Irish emigrants are returning to live in Ireland in increasing numbers, with tens of thousands moving back this year. What has the experience been lik(...)

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