Posts Tagged ‘ Emigration ’

News in Brief – Hacked Off Brendan Drops A Howler


‘Has there been bugging? What’s bugging? Am I a bug?’ Minister Brendan Howlin asked assembled journalists in relation to Garda Ombudsman ’eaves-dropping’ to put it nicely, or phone-hacking. It seems Brendan was at a loss as to what exactly had happened inside the offices of the Garda Ombudsman or where in fact he was.

Where are you? Abroad? Australia or Canada, the promised lands? Well if ye are, ye need to learn to speak proper. According to RTE journalist and voice of the Luas (!) Doireann Ni Bhriain mispronouncing certain words could get you in trouble, when trying to settle abroad. Instead of tay you must say tea, three instead of tree and diddly-ie diddly-ie diddly-ie dee ever time you enter a room, just so everyone knows where you’re from. Continue reading

Would Irish Emigrants Consider America’s Most Dangerous Jobs?


Many Irish emigrants have ventured across the Atlantic to America in recent years due to the economic downturn. Many have sought fun loving jobs that simply allow them to get by while others who have since earned the right to remain in America have sought more advanced careers. Many Irish emigrants would like to land a job, but would they love these jobs to, literally, die for? Check out America’s most dangerous jobs in this infographic based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by blue-collar occupations that involve manual labour in high-risk work environments such as construction sites, factories and harsh outdoors.  After years at the top, fishing gave  way to logging as the most dangerous job. Felling and cutting trees into logs has never been more dangerous than in 2012.

One other interesting fact is that incidents involving some means of transportation topped the causes of fatal work injuries. It accounts for nearly half at 41%, more than double the second most common cause, which is homicide and violence at 17%. There was  a 3.3% increase in motor vehicle crashes last year compared to 2011, and it’s the first time in eight years that such an increase was noted.

This list of America’s ten deadliest jobs would hardly surprise anyone. After all, they truly have harsh environments to begin with. Falling trees, molten hot iron, high altitude, and the open sea create conditions conducive to fatal work injury. Media outfits like Discovery Channel and National Geographic know how shocking work conditions can be, and how much people would like to know. The TV shows that focus on some of these dangerous occupations have built quite a following over the recent years.

Surprisingly, firefighting and police work, two jobs with extremely hazardous environments are not on the list proving that with enough safety measures and foresight even America’s ten deadliest jobs can be less deadly after all.

Payout is good but would you apply for any jobs mentioned in this infographic?

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Crowe Criticises Budget Attack On Most Vulnerable


Sinn Féin spokesperson on foreign affairs, trade and diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has expressed his disappointment at the government’s decision to attack the most vulnerable in Ireland, and by also failing in their public commitment to eradicate poverty worldwide by cutting the Overseas Development Aid (ODA) budget by €19.4 million. Continue reading

Irish In Exile #10 : Sandra Mayors

Sandra for articleIt might be difficult for younger people to imagine, but the current recession is by no means the first to hit Ireland.

Ballyfermot’s Sandra Mayors left for Canada as a 20-year-old in 1986 because while she was fortunate enough to have a job during a similarly challenging time, she was hoping for a better life abroad.

“I left for a couple of reasons,” she recalls, “I had a job, but the unemployment in Ireland was very high and it didn’t look like it was going to be improving for work.

“I had holidayed in Canada in 1984 for six weeks and loved it, so I applied to the Canadian Embassy for a one-year work visa and got it.”

She adds: “I didn’t feel forced to leave but thought – I didn’t know for sure – that life in another country might be better at that time than I was experiencing in Ireland.” Continue reading

Irish In Exile #9 : Jenny Fay

Jen and ArneJenny Fay seems to have tried her hand at almost everything in her 35 short years, but it was a three-year stay in Australia and New Zealand that provided her with a sense of direction for the first time.

“We were always busy,” she says of her time growing up in Crumlin, although that sounds like an understatement when she recalls gymnastics, ballroom dancing, running, life guarding, Aikido and performing as part of a local variety group as just some of the activities she was involved in.

Above all, dancing was always her main hobby.  “I’ve been dancing since I was three and I first stepped on stage when I was three.  Even when I wasn’t in formal dance classes I would have been part of Girls’ Brigade which you danced in.”  Continue reading

Irish In Exile #7 : Wesley Redmond

While many people travel the world to satisfy their sense of adventure, the stark reality is that many young Irish are leaving in search of employment – or at the very least for a fair day’s pay in return for an honest day’s work.

This is essentially the situation Wesley Redmond found himself in last year, and which prompted his decision to spend a year Australia.

After having his weekly hours at Champion Sports cut from 40 to 20 – and even with taking on a second job that left him working a 55-hour week – the 23-year-old from Lucan was left with nowhere near enough income to pay the bills, and began looking for alternatives.  Continue reading

Irish In Exile #6 : Patrick Moynagh

Drumgoon Arabian LinkIf someone was asked to name the most common destinations for individuals emigrating from Ireland, it’s highly likely that most people would offer places such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the U.S. as the most popular ports of call.

That said, there will always be those emigrants that end up in places considered by most to be somewhat off the beaten track – and sometimes significantly so.

So it was for Patrick Moynagh, who in 2010 decided to move to Saudi Arabia and take up a position as an Economic Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Central Bank. Continue reading