Veronica Fegan-Smith, her husband Tom and their children Griffin, Fiona, Erin and Kieran moved from New York to rural Clare last year. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Is the system for exempting schoolchildren from studying Irish fair? It’s a question that goes to the heart of a forthcoming Department of Educat(...)

Some returning emigrants are being refused social welfare  because of lack of access to information on the Habitual Resident Condition. Photograph: Peter Muhly

Irish citizens returning home from abroad are facing significant barriers to housing and social welfare, a Government committee has heard. Representa(...)

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.’

The number of people working in the construction sector in Ireland has jumped by 14 per cent, or 17,900 jobs, in the past 12 months, bu(...)

It’s a slow family Saturday morning in Dublin. Our eldest daughter has offered to make one of our favourite breakfasts, waffles. Norwegian waffles. (...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘The talk of a blue wave of Democratic voters was just that: talk.’

There is no dust settling after the US midterms. Within 24 hours of the elections, Donald Trump started clearing house and throwing tantrums. He fired(...)

‘There is a particularly strong demand for personnel in the construction, IT, healthcare, medical device/ pharmaceutical and financial sectors at the moment.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Irish emigrants living in Australia have been promised free flights home by a recruitment agency if they return to fill job vacancies in the healthcar(...)

For the first time since 2009, Ireland is now welcoming more of its citizens home than the number departing the country. Photograph: iStock

In 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade published Ireland’s first official policy on diaspora issues, stating it is “important that movin(...)

Serena Williams with referee Brian Earley during the US Open Women’s Singles final against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Adam Hunger

It’s been six weeks since I moved home to Ireland from New York. Six weeks is long enough for me to feel like I’m not on holiday anymore, or home for (...)

‘History and geography is all new: the day they had the 32 counties for homework, I needed to step in to help them pronounce Laois and Monaghan.’

Arriving back at school last week, our youngest nudged us away from the door - “I’ll go in by myself”. I took it as a good sign as we start into our s(...)

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

After Sarah O’Connell graduated in June 2011 with a degree in renewable energy, the only relevant work she could find was through a JobBridge placemen(...)

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