Ireland calls on its emigrant sons and daughters to come home

Michael Kehoe

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27 Responses

  1. Haviland says:

    I am desperate to move to Ireland and I have been talking back and forth with immigration for months. You have to have a retirement income of 60,000 Euros per year on top of 200,000 Euros in the bank. Unless you have an Irish grandparent, then you’re golden. I’m screwed.

  2. R0bert O'Brien says:

    My grandmother was Irish. came to America with her sister. loved Dublin ! want to return. I have some mental health issues(depression) and belive living in Ireland help me. any assistance would be greatly appreciated . was so happy while in Ireland. regards, bob

  3. Dr Jason White says:

    I am a second generation South African. My great grandparents emmigrated from Ireland. My grandfather fought in WWII (South African Irish regiment). Family Originally from Bray. I have family living in Ireland. I applied for an Irish passport as a foreign birth registration, but was declined by the S.A embassy? I am proudly Irish and I have alot to offer. I am a Maxillofacial surgeon and would love to return to Ireland with my family. So sad that we are unable to come back home.

  4. Anne-Marie Fair says:

    Would love to return to Ireland but am nearly retiring age. I would like some information on that possibility given my age.

  5. Paul Boley says:

    My grandmother Mary Kelley left Ireland in 1940’s at19 yrs. Old, I’ve always wanted to move back to her homeland.. I’m going to explore the possibilities .

  6. caoimhe says:

    That’s just so sad. But they were wrong to deny you. So many people in the public sector do not understand the law and misinformation is the result. So long as you can prove to them that Ireland is now your main centre of interest you will have satisfied the Habitual Residency Condition without having to be back home for 2 years. This was specifically amended to make sure people who returned home would not be unfairly penalised.

  7. Denise Hanlon says:

    me too!!

  8. June says:

    both sides of my family were forced out of Ireland and both came to Canada in 1845 I have been back many times.. but I’d do anything to be able to go back and make it my homeland again.
    Open to all ideas

  9. Sandra Morrison says:

    I would appreciate information on relocation opportunities for retirees wishing to move to Ireland. Cost of living, rental rates, utilities, etc…..
    This is something I have considered for a long time but I am not first generation from Ireland if that makes a difference.
    Please e-mail what information you can.

  10. Mary Robinson says:

    Please advise further….what age group and financial status is this aimed at? Please enda to clarify this for many of us Irish who had no choice but to leave Ireland to secure employment even when at barely 18 it broke my heart..

    Thank you

  11. Michele says:

    I would love to move over too but there are hardy any jobs and its a hard ife there at the moment, so unless you have money to take… I dont think its aimed at people with nothing but their skills and love of Ireland

  12. James Gallagher says:

    How will the government help with me moving back .Will I be able to claim benefits etc till I find work. Help in need to go home to look after my mother since my dad died two years ago

  13. Shawn McKinley says:

    My family is of Irish decent and I know we to come home to our where our ancestors r from my mother and I are both dialed but enjoy gardening so I’m sure we could make our way

  14. Ms. Godfrey Coppinger says:

    My husband,Brian, was born and reared in Listowel, County Kerry. He has been in America since 1990 and he’s READY TO GO HOME!

  15. David larkin says:

    This wellcome home is BS, I returned after 38 years aboard due to illness , I was well treated by tallaght hospital , told by my doctor I would not be able to work again, and I should apply for a disability allowance , after months with no payment I was told I would receive nothing . Reason I had not lived in Ireland for two years. I had a choice, leave Ireland or become homeless!
    I borrowed money and now live in the philippe as, where I try to find an income, it’s disgusting to read this BS, they don’t want you home they want your money home.

  16. Jason Galvez says:

    Great grandchild of Irish descent. Can the government help us???l pool was

  17. Jackie Woolf (Kenyon) says:

    I would LOVE to move to Ireland and live out me remainin’ years home. I would sell me house and most of me possessions (gotta keep the books and children’s things) and move in a heartbeat given the opportunity and finacial ability.

  18. Julie-Ann Gray says:

    I was born in Ireland and emigrated to Australia. it is pleasing to see the government support these important connections to encourage community to return to acknowledge their heritage, value and learn more about their cultural roots and identity. I will be returning to Queens University in July to do internationally studies, and I am to learn more about my home land. Universities can play a big part through education to support this policy. I would encourage partnerships with universities, agencies, businesses and individuals to drive programs to support the policy.

  19. Sherry Carroll says:

    I would love to come home. I am of Irish decent. I just lost My Mom and am now alone.
    This would be a Great New Life and a Fresh Start.

  20. Johanna Sabin says:

    My husband would like to have Irish citizenship. How would he achieve that?

  21. Mary Robinson says:

    I would so love to come home but with no money,on a pension and in need of social housing I am
    sure that this is not aimed at me ….shame xxxxxxx

  22. Barbara says:

    My family has been in Africa for four generations. Our beliefs, my love of Irish music, instinctive sympathy for Irish issues and delight in hearing an Irish accent is what I look back on now I seek to find a home outside of Africa. The only specific ancestral homes I can introduce my son to are Irish and yet it is uncertain if I can get the papers from my great grandmother who was the last signature in a castle in Ireland. I am certain from assessing my relatives some of whom are very well qualified that a successful move by one of us could lead to further immigrations of people who were once authentically irish and will always have a yearning for Ireland, I know there are millions of us but there it is,,,

  23. Derek Davidson says:

    We brought my Dad back from London 5 months ago to be cared for properly by his family. There are so many lonely Irish in London who are not being cared for & do not have the power to speak out, we will have to do it for them ! Please remember them !!

  24. Heidi McPhillips says:

    YES!!!! My husband would more than likely move! And we have a lot to offer with our careers. I believe ALL of his grandparents came from Ireland, and he considers himself as Irish as he does American!

  25. Florence Nolan says:

    How about giving the Irish great grandchildren of Irish immigrants citizenship?

  26. does this apply to decendents of Irish, I would love to live in Ireland

  27. Elizabeth Devine B says:

    Have been teacher writer.. Ready to retire.. I’m interested in locating to Ireland- home of my Morher- Roscommon. My Fathers people were from Kenmare, Kerry and
    Lismore, Waterford.. (Tidy town..)
    Please advise..

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