Ireland gathering 2013

on Friday, February 22, 2013

Don't forget the gathering in 2013 Ireland

Car Rental Ireland

on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Just reading this Cheapest car rental in Ireland and got to thinking about prices.

I got a great car for 20 € in Galway last visit.
That has to be a good deal, but people are saying it is regular now.

Prices for rental have been reduced so much. Some positive news.

Irish still leaving Ireland

My eldest son, the practical one, has left home. Well, in fact he left home some years back and found himself a fashionable garret smack in the city centre, and proper order too, given that by then he was never going to see 21 again.
With skype and the internet, emigration does not have to be so lonely.

Irish Emigrant in Australia

on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The number of Irish getting work Visa's for Australia is increasing.

70% rise in Irish emigrants getting Australian approval

Saturday, February 04, 2012
The number of Irish emigrants who received working visas to Australia surged by almost 70% last year.
New figures, released by Australia’s department of immigration and citizenship, reveal that Irish citizens are now the third-highest recipients of four-year temporary residence visas.

Irish people were granted 3,100 "primary 457 visas" — offered to skilled workers, and their dependents, sponsored by an Australian company — from July to Dec 31 last year.

The figure marks a 68% rise from the same period in 2010 and means Irish people received 9.2% of all these visas granted in that period, after Britain (24.8%) and India (17.6%).

New South Wales was the most popular destination for Irish workers, with 2,240 workers registered there by the end of December. This was followed by resource- rich Western Australia, with 1,280 and Victoria, where workers numbered 1,090.

Meanwhile, soon-to-be- introduced immigration reforms will make it harder for Irish emigrants to secure visas, as entry requirements become more stringent.

To date, permanent residency visas have been automatically processed for anyone who meets the criteria.

However, last month it emerged a new system will operate from July, requiring an invitation from the Australian government before one can apply for residency visas. The move is part of an initiative to select the best and brightest migrants but it has already sparked panic among would-be Irish emigrants, who are rushing to get visas processed before the summer deadline.

Edwina Shanahan of Visa First, which processes visas to over 100 countries, said that applications for permanent residency and employer-sponsored visas had surged by 60% since 2009.

She warned: "The way you apply for a visa will change. From July applicants will be entered into a skills pool and you can only apply for a permanent visa if you receive an invitation from [Australian] immigration.

"They will select those who scored the highest number of points, for criteria like age, occupation and work experience."

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The number of Irish getting work Visa's for Australia is increasing.

Irish American story

on Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Centre at Dunbrody Tells the Irish-American Story

The National Centre for Emigration History in New Ross, Co Wexford, which incorporates the Irish America Hall of Fame, will be opened by Minister for ...

Polar Bears are Irish

on Friday, July 8, 2011

This is really interesting news.
DNA tests have shown that Polar bears have their origin in Ireland.
Never would have guess that Polar bears were Irish emigrants.Every Polar bear alive can thank the survival instincts of a ancient Irish brown bear Mother. 

Going to look at polar bears in Zoos a different way from now on.

Will Ireland leave the euro, go back to the Irish punt.

on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Will Ireland leave the euro, go back to the Irish punt.

AS the scale of the fiscal adjustment required in December's Budget continues to climb, the 'cure' risks killing the patient.

With the ESRI now predicting that further tax increases and spending cuts of up to €15bn will be needed to meet the Government's target of cutting the budget deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by 2014, Ireland faces the bleak choice of either quitting the euro or facing a decade or more of depression and deflation.

This week the ESRI, which normally closely reflects Government thinking on the economy, broke ranks and publicly questioned whether sticking to the target of reducing the deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by 2014 made sense. Instead the ESRI argued that we should push out the target date to 2016.

While stretching the deficit-reduction period from four to six years would, superficially at least, be less traumatic for the economy, it doesn't address the key issue. This is that, when combined with the near-€15bn of tax increases and spending reductions the Government has already imposed since the October 2008 budget, almost €30bn -- close to 25 per cent the value of our current annual output -- will have to be taken out of the economy to achieve the 3 per cent deficit target.