on St Patrick’s Day….
He is in Australia on a trade and cultural mission, and is particularly interested in learning how Australia deregulated its dairy industry as the EU is about to remove its dairy quotas. (ABC Landline).
He had a message for those who had emigrated when the Celtic Tiger was gasping for life. It has recovered, he assured migrants, and you’re wanted back in Ireland. He did acknowledge that Australia has a wonderful lifestyle, but he hoped that many emigrants who had felt that Ireland had had no future for them would feel empowered to return and make their lives in their country.
I felt for the family of five next to me who had arrived only three weeks ago, and I hoped enough of my countrymen and women had made them feel welcome. However, in this globalising world, one has to be thankful that choices can be made, that emigration is no longer a one-way street, and that one’s tribal affiliations can mean that one’s wealth is truly a common-wealth.