Delivering on promise to 'bring them home'
On St Patrick's Day 2015, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the world - or at least that section of it that had a sentimental ear cocked towards the 'Old Sod' on our National Day - that he wanted to bring Irish emigrants home by 2018. Amid the green beer, wilting shamrocks and ticker tape, few paid much heed.
He was adamant, though, that the Government's plan was to bring home those who had been forced to emigrate. They were, he insisted, the "new wave of entrepreneurs, of innovators and job creators" and the next leaders of Irish society.
Earlier that year, Mr Kenny had told a gathering of the world's elite in Davos that his government had managed to create stability despite the "unprecedented" problems it had inherited.