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'We knew we had to do it' - meet some of the young healthcare staff who returned to Ireland to help amid coronavirus crisis

Hundreds of young healthcare staff have returned home to help Ireland, making no demands for their efforts and courage, writes Wayne O'Connor

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HOMECOMING HEROES: Abbie Robertson and Josip Vukoja arrived back from New Zealand three weeks ago and are due to start working again on Monday. Photo: Mark Condren

HOMECOMING HEROES: Abbie Robertson and Josip Vukoja arrived back from New Zealand three weeks ago and are due to start working again on Monday. Photo: Mark Condren

HOMECOMING HEROES: Abbie Robertson and Josip Vukoja arrived back from New Zealand three weeks ago and are due to start working again on Monday. Photo: Mark Condren

There was a time when leaving Ireland was a rite of passage for our youngest generations. Most longed to eventually return and find a place better than the one they left behind. For the latest cohort of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, that hasn't been the case. Coronavirus Ireland was not what they had in mind when they dreamed of coming home.

Despite this, in recent weeks, hundreds have returned when they were needed most.

Shane Griffin and Emily Veale are two of the most recent arrivals.


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