I found this video recently and it poignantly captures the Irish backdrop to 1950s emigration. Our own parents left Ireland during this period, and their parents, like many thousands of others, saw their children ‘take the boat’. It’s a reminder of the hardships of the time…
The start of the 21st century sees a new generation of talented people leaving Ireland – emigrants by definition, and potentially ambassadors by choice.
Are we ready to accept the idea that our citizens abroad can be part of the national discussion, considered equal and worthy of political representation within the state. Are we prepared to take that sense of unity, underpinned by enfranchisement, to the next level?
Incidentally VICA have just launched their new website.