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Failing government prompts Irish exodus. Record numbers of disillusioned citizens flee country.
ABC News ^ | 02/25/2011 | Emma Alberici

Posted on 02/25/2011 8:45:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Irish voters go to the polls this week as an ailing economy is forcing record numbers of disillusioned citizens to flee the country in search of a better life overseas.

Less than three months after the government accepted an international bailout worth $115 billion to rescue an economy on life support, the public is furious with the entire political class.

Fianna Fail is the centre-left party which has been in government for 60 of the 89 years of Ireland's independence.

Polls indicate they will be trounced in Friday's election and will be lucky to come away with 20 seats out of a possible 166.

Until three years ago, the little country the size of Tasmania was experiencing 6 per cent growth and was the envy of Europe.

Low taxes kept foreign firms investing, but the people who became known as the I-rich became obsessed with property - not buying and selling, but building.

Banks and developers, encouraged by the government, got so carried away in some areas that they built more houses than there were families to fill them.

Now there are 300,000 homes lying empty in what have come to be known as "ghost estates".

Finance minister Brian Lenihan admits it was wrong to allow the construction sector to become so big.

"We had an unsustainable building boom, construction boom in this country from 2003 to 2008," he said.

"My party leader has taken full responsibility for this. So have I."

History repeating

In a case of history repeating itself, residents of County Mayo in the west of Ireland are emigrating in what is expected to be record numbers.

It is the same place from which many of the famine boats left back in the 1840s when a wave of emigration washed 1 million people away from the country.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: exodus; ireland; irish

1 posted on 02/25/2011 8:46:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

SIGNS OF THE TIMES:

* Around 1,000 Irish head for the exits every week.

* Australian visa applications from Dublin in the past 12 months are up 60 per cent.

* The Irish banking system became three times bigger than the gross national product of the country

* Those who leave the country no longer have a say in Ireland’s future.


2 posted on 02/25/2011 8:48:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
If God is actually sending the Irish out into the world then he has a mission.


3 posted on 02/25/2011 8:49:42 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Those who leave the country no longer have a say in Ireland’s future.

But they are not responsible for paying back any of the debt any more, either!


4 posted on 02/25/2011 8:51:18 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: SeekAndFind

Sad, but then again I would not be an American if Ireland did not send her sons and daughters scurrying out of the country on a more or less regular basis.


5 posted on 02/25/2011 8:54:58 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

The Irish Voter Famine of 2011...............


6 posted on 02/25/2011 8:56:24 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

These numbers are hardly a record Irish Exodus. My ancestors came here in Black 47 with a million + between 1846 -1855.


7 posted on 02/25/2011 9:00:58 AM PST by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Fianna Fail is the centre-left party which has been in government for 60 of the 89 years of Ireland’s independence.”

I guess they should be simply called the “FAIL” party now.


8 posted on 02/25/2011 9:03:17 AM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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Every nation now has problems. When will people start using their heads and figure out that they need to FIX WHEREVER THEY CURRENTLY LIVE ? FIX IT. Otherwise we’re just playing musical nations.


9 posted on 02/25/2011 9:05:18 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: SeekAndFind
In a case of history repeating itself, residents of County Mayo in the west of Ireland are emigrating in what is expected to be record numbers.

My ancestral home county. Maybe I can buy the family farm back.

10 posted on 02/25/2011 9:05:23 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: xkaydet65

That ain,t nothin we get a million Mexicans an hour in Texas.


11 posted on 02/25/2011 9:05:58 AM PST by magna carta
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To: SeekAndFind

“Those who leave the country no longer have a say in Ireland’s future.”

They’ll replace them with Muslims.


12 posted on 02/25/2011 9:06:12 AM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: nathanbedford

I pity whomever is on the receiving end.

Were those great Gaels of Ireland
The men that God made mad
Their wars were never merry
But all their songs were sad


13 posted on 02/25/2011 9:08:24 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bump to save. erin go bragh.


14 posted on 02/25/2011 9:14:35 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...an ailing economy is forcing record numbers of disillusioned citizens to flee the country in search of a better life overseas. “

Where should I go after the dems, unions, government parasites, class warriors, and banksters have reduced the USA to a smoking heap of rubble?


15 posted on 02/25/2011 9:16:22 AM PST by bkopto ("I like being President. And it turns out I'm pretty good at it." Barack Obama, February 2009)
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To: xkaydet65

RE: with a million + between 1846 -1855.


It took over a million in nine years then.

It obviously isn’t as bad today as it was then.

At the rate of 1,000 leaving Ireland a week ( current figures ), it will take 20 years to reach the 1 million number.

Hopefully, Ireland will have fixed whatever financial problems she has then ( or will she ?).


16 posted on 02/25/2011 9:18:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Having ruined their homeland, Irish liberals look for new places to destroy....


17 posted on 02/25/2011 9:30:29 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: bkopto
Where should I go after the dems, unions, government parasites, class warriors, and banksters have reduced the USA to a smoking heap of rubble?

Eastern Europe, where capitalism is reportedly blooming and those nations are rising from mediocrity.

18 posted on 02/25/2011 9:35:46 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Tzimisce
Having ruined their homeland, Irish liberals look for new places to destroy....

That sounds like a lot of the people who have fled California, New York, and New Jersey.

19 posted on 02/25/2011 9:37:38 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SeekAndFind

“Fianna Fail”

Fianna must = Epic


20 posted on 02/25/2011 9:39:23 AM PST by decimon
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To: PieterCasparzen
"When will people start using their heads and figure out that they need to FIX WHEREVER THEY CURRENTLY LIVE ? FIX IT. Otherwise we’re just playing musical nations. "

There is much truth in what you say. People who choose to emigrate sometimes under-estimate the impact on both their families and their nations.

My parents fled Europe when their home fell to communism. While there were many advantages for us here, and I am grateful to have grown up in freedom, there were also many drawbacks. Emigration shattered our extended family. My brother and I met our paternal grandparents for the first time when we were 11 and 8, and our maternal grandparents when we were 15 and 11. After that, it was several years before we saw them again. We grew up barely knowing any of our cousins, aunts or uncles. We missed each other's birthdays, weddings, christenings and funerals. My mother missed having help with her babies or advice from her parents as she and dad made their way in a new world. My grandparents grew old without the comfort and aid of their son, daughter and grandchildren.

Communication and travel are easier now than during the Iron Curtain days, but distance creates separate lives. My brother and I grew up in a culture which was unfamiliar to our parents, and their grandchildren speak another language. My parents always thought they'd return when times improved, but it took too long, and our roots here grew too deep. Nonetheless, two generations of my family ended up feeling halfway at home on two continents, but fully at home nowhere. My children lack the security and enjoyment of their large extended family, since they are basically strangers. Now that liberty has returned to 'the old country' our extended family back there has new opportunities and the young people are flourishing. The older family members missed out on many things, but they always had one another, and in their old age, they continue to be surrounded by the loving family that 'stayed home'. This is a lot to give up to emigrate.

I've seen family after family come to America for its opportunities. Once they become citizens, many of them vote for the same overspending government stupidity that killed economic opportunity back home. While I'm not opposed to immigration, I am opposed to naive long term solutions to short term problems. The cost is too high.

21 posted on 02/25/2011 9:49:25 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: nathanbedford
If God is actually sending the Irish out into the world then he has a mission.

I like the way you think.

22 posted on 02/25/2011 9:51:04 AM PST by Oratam
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To: SeekAndFind

La Raza will demand their immediate repatriation back to Ireland.


23 posted on 02/25/2011 9:54:44 AM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess we are going to have to dust off the “Irish need not apply” signs again.


24 posted on 02/25/2011 10:04:42 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: SeekAndFind

All around the world.....Ineffective leaders being bounced on their heads....


25 posted on 02/25/2011 10:11:46 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: xkaydet65

“These numbers are hardly a record Irish Exodus. My ancestors came here in Black 47 with a million + between 1846 -1855.”

Mine too.


26 posted on 02/25/2011 10:12:54 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not Irish. I’m an American.


27 posted on 02/25/2011 12:43:42 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer.")
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To: SeekAndFind

“Those who leave the country no longer have a say in Ireland’s future.”

I don’t think that’s true. I believe Ireland grants citizenship to anyone who can prove at least one of their grandparents was born in Ireland. My friend was born in the US, but has Irish citizenship as well, and can vote in their elections if he wanted to.


28 posted on 02/25/2011 2:15:53 PM PST by Boogieman
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