Tuesday 6 December 2016

We must resolve not to lose another generation

Published 31/12/2012 | 17:00

WE number our emigrants in tens of thousands and scores of thousands. Once, we numbered them in millions. We constantly make comparisons with the draining of this country's lifeblood after the Great Famine, when more people fled than during the famine itself.

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But nothing compares with personal experience and simple facts and figures. The tide of young Christmas visitors has come and gone, and another 200, from the cream of the crop, will leave the country every day.

We console ourselves with the knowledge that none of them face the danger and hardship of long voyages in older times, and that few will have to endure the poverty and humiliation often suffered by Irish emigrants in the past.

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