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The queue for a Working Abroad Expo in Dublin in 2012 snakes into the distance. In a nation of 4.5 million, almost 400,000 people have emigrated since the financial crash – a rate of about 10 every hour.
The queue for a Working Abroad Expo in Dublin in 2012 snakes into the distance. In a nation of 4.5 million, almost 400,000 people have emigrated since the financial crash – a rate of about 10 every hour.
(Laura Hutton/Photocall)

Ireland's euro commitment tested by emigration and endless austerity

“Ireland will again stand as a full member of the euro zone,” said Enda Kenny, the Irish Prime Minister, as he gave his fellow citizens a collective pat on the back for making Ireland the first nation to successfully exit an EU bailout program. Instead of celebration, however, he gave warning that graduation from the sick bay to the recovery ward did not entitle the Irish to more helpings of pudding. Austerity will continue for the Irish for years to come; a sharp contrast with Germany where the new coalition government is promising a program of rampant spending, a reduction in the retirement age and more and bigger snacks for everyone.