Graham Clifford: This time it's families who are emigrating to the UK
Like a weakened boxer on the receiving end of some big hits, Irish families felt the punches raining down on them this week. The pocket rocket Brendan Howlin and super heavyweight Michael Noonan showed little mercy as they battered the already bruised. As a result, many more families will decide to throw in the towel and take their chances abroad.
Cuts to child benefit for the third and subsequent children; the new €100 household tax; increases in car tax; hikes in petrol prices and the rate of VAT will all pile more pressure on parents across the country.
So for the first time since the Famine, Irish families with children in tow are upping sticks and moving across the Irish Sea.