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
Published 22/08/2010 | 05:00
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.