Friday 16 November 2018

Time to let Irish diaspora come home

Philadelphia, USA

How is it that Irish politicians fall all over themselves annually asking Washington to legalise the Irish, whilst waxing lyrical about our diaspora, yet do not see the hypocrisy of their actions?

I've lived in Silicon Valley and Philadelphia for eight years and have an American-Irish partner who wishes to return to live in Ireland with me, yet she has no right to do so.

I've met people living in cities such as San Francisco and Philadelphia who grew up with Irish families who had not kept up their passports through the generations, yet are well versed in Irish culture and history, and occasionally even the language.

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