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About 1,000 people are said to be emigrating from Ireland every week in search of work

About 1,000 people are said to be emigrating from Ireland every week in search of work

About 1,000 people are said to be emigrating from Ireland every week in search of work

About 1,000 people are said to be emigrating from Ireland every week in search of work.

There were calls for citizens fleeing the country to be allowed to vote in the 2011 election, with many keeping a close eye on the outcome.

Adel Talbot from Offaly, and her boyfriend Ciaran Corr, from Mayo, have been in Melbourne, Australia for two years after both were laid off.

The 34-year-old said she almost feels a sense of shame at the Irish crisis.

"You get a lot of Irish people in Melbourne and you get a lot of angry people. I'm a very proud Irish person and have no problem telling people," she said.

"But you have this sense of embarrassment now when you are talking about it, especially around the time of the IMF deal."

Although the trainee accountant said she was glad Fianna Fail had been punished she also warned that the electorate has to accept it put them into power in 2007, rather than look for reform.

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David Joyce, 37, had been living in Harold's Cross, Dublin and left in January 2010, as he put it, "as we fell off the precipice".

"I thought we would have landed in a messy heap a long time ago but we still keep falling. I now work in tourism, living on a small island in the Philippines.

"I have lots of European customers and I frequently get asked about the situation in Ireland. How do I politely sum up gross political ineptitude and total economic mismanagement in a casual conversation with a stranger?"


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