Colum Kenny: Little hope in petty policies of special privilege
Irish emigrants -- many of whom are gone for good -- lose their voice as well as their home, says Colum Kenny in Toronto
WE had been in Toronto for less than two hours when the young Irishman approached us. He seemed depressed when we spotted him, sitting on the sunny steps of a tall building with a faraway look in his eyes.
But he had heard our accents and wanted to talk. So he came over to say hello. His second sentence was: "I left Ireland, and I am never going back to live there." He said he loved Canada.
This is the new emigration. As politicians in Dublin enjoy a long summer break, and nothing much is changing fast, planes and boats carry away young Irish people who are unlikely ever to live in Ireland again.