Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Niall Collins TD is calling on the government to bring in measures to ease the transition back home for returning Irish emigrants. He acknowledged that efforts have been made but says there are still a number of barriers making life difficult for people who want to return home.

Deputy Collins said, “Last year a report on the challenges faced by returning Irish emigrants, which made 30 recommendations, was published. To date, 20 of these recommendations have been addressed, 8 have been partially addressed or are pending further policy development; and 2 were not accepted.

“While I recognise that efforts are being made to assist people returning to Ireland, barriers remain. I have been engaging with people working in this area and they have outlined a range of issues which continue to persist – things like the recognition of qualifications from abroad and overseas work experience, excess cost of car insurance and problems relating to driving licences, particularly for those returning from the US.

“Returning home after spending a number of years abroad can be stressful in its own right. It is therefore essential that the government ensures that this process is made as straightforward as possible. Given that the barriers being experienced by those returning home are multifarious I am calling on all government Departments to play their part in making the transition home as seamless as possible”, concluded Deputy Collins.