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Irish youth shun US

category louth | racism & migration related issues | other press author Saturday January 29, 2005 18:24author by A Student Report this post to the editors

FOR years it was the dream of every self-respecting Irish student: after a year denouncing British oppression in the college bar, the only way to spend the summer was sipping Guinness surrounded by plastic leprechauns in a Boston pub.

Five years ago, thousands of students camped out overnight to get a visa to spend four months in the Irish-loving paradise of Bill Clinton and the Kennedys. Now George W. Bush is begging them to visit.

Days after the President was sworn in for his second term, his Ambassador to Ireland has embarked upon a charm offensive to persuade the youth of the Irish Republic that the US is “not what they just see in the headlines every day”.

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author by Johnpublication date Mon Jan 31, 2005 17:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Claptrap! The reason fewer Irish students go to work in the US now is that there are so many opportunities at home. The Irish unemployment rate, at 4.2%, is currently lower than in the US for the first time ever. More young Irish people than ever currently go to the US on holidays or shopping expeditions.

author by drunk studentpublication date Mon Jan 31, 2005 23:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

working overtime at the crannog? so the visa application figures havent collapsed? the article is untrue? what?

author by toneorepublication date Tue Feb 01, 2005 20:31author email toneore at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

With the exchange rate the way it is, it's hardly surprising there's a low uptake. You can make more money in Ireland.

author by A10publication date Wed Feb 02, 2005 13:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

so you can pay double or triple the prices for living in DEAR old Ireland. And get a quater less choice in products or services than you can for the same money in the USA.

author by sobered up studentpublication date Wed Feb 02, 2005 17:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

its actually better exchnge rate in Canada, where a lot are choosing this year. And you don't have to give biometric information and have a tattoo on your forehead or have some nice american lady poking her finger up ur jaxy ala Abu Ghraib.

author by Vivapublication date Wed Feb 02, 2005 18:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

And if you stay in this country you have less chance of being drafted and being expected to kill and possibly be killed. Even if you are not drafted you still run a greater risk of violent death.

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