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Britain’s Green Divide

Irish emigrants are avoiding the north of England in their droves, The Irish Post has discovered.

Government figures show that less than one-in-five new arrivals is registering for work in the north, where the once flourishing centres of Irish emigration are no longer being replenished.

And according to members of Irish centres in Coventry, Huddersfield and Leeds, a gulf has developed between young Irish people attending university in the area and the ageing traditional community.

Economic Aid Plan for the North of Ireland

The British Government is preparing a “substantial” economic aid package for the north of Ireland, Secretary of State Theresa Villiers revealed on Monday.

Speaking in Belfast to mark the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Secretary announced that the programme will be provided on top of the billions that the Treasury already pours into the North.

But Ms Villiers warned that economic recovery will not be possible without social changes and blamed those taking part in sectarian disorder for doing “real damage” to the North’s reputation.

Irish centre in battle of the sexes

The LONDON Irish Centre has found itself embroiled in a battle of the sexes after making a U-turn on its decision to host a feminism conference this summer.

Following a confrontation from men’s rights group MRA London, the team responsible for running the Centre’s commercial bookings has reversed its decision to host a conference from controversial feminism group Radfem this summer.

But a spokesperson for Radfem told The Irish Post that around 400 women will be turning up on the day anyway.

Downplaying emigration figures is just a load of government spin

Journalist Brian Whelan criticises the Irish Government’s attitude to emigration, encapsulated this week by a job minister’s claim that he knows young people who are “quite delighted” to leave.

“Emigration is spun as an extended J1 trip, a big party with all the graduates descending on Vancouver and Sydney to get drunk and get some work done,” Whelan says.

Council looks to Ireland in cinema development battle

A London council has called on the Irish Government to force its NAMA receivers to sell the site of an iconic former cinema to the borough to allow a new arts complex to be built.

Commissioner quizzed on exclusion of Traveller children

The Childrens’ Commissioner has been criticised for breaking her promise to investigate why Traveller children are being victimised in English schools.

Golden Paralympian Snubbed

Organisers of London’s Anniversary Games are being urged to reverse their decision to snub Irish Paralympics star Jason Smyth.

Catholic midwives win legal fight over abortion exemption

Two Catholic midwives in Scotland, including a Clare woman, have won their legal battle to be exempted from playing any role in abortion procedures.

What a lovely bunch        

Three more British Roses have been selected to go forward for the Rose of Tralee regional finals in Portlaoise this month.


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