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Minister Cannon announces new online information resource for returning Irish emigrants

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., today announced the launch of ‘Returning to Ireland’, a new online information portal for Irish emigrants seeking to move back to Ireland.

Created by the Citizens Information Board with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this new resource contains information on the practicalities involved in returning to Ireland. It is a key component of the Government’s commitment under Ireland’s Diaspora Policy to facilitate, in practical ways, those that left Ireland and want to return home.

Speaking today Minister Cannon said:

“I am keenly aware that returning to Ireland from abroad can be a challenging experience. This is why the Government is committed to making this process as smooth as possible by ensuring that, as a first step, people thinking about making the move have access to comprehensive, detailed and accurate information.”

“The Citizens Information Board has already consolidated its position as the go-to resource for information about public services in Ireland. This new content, specially catered for returning emigrants, is exceptionally detailed and will no doubt be an invaluable resource for Irish emigrants moving back home.”

Citizens Information Board Chief Executive Angela Black said:

“Citizens Information Board is delighted to be part of this joint initiative with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to create this important online resource for emigrants returning to Ireland. Last year recorded more than 13 million users and 47 million page views. This new Returning to Ireland category will be a very useful resource for all Irish citizens living abroad and thinking about coming home, whatever their stage in life.”

“We hope that this information on returning to Ireland, in addition to the existing 1,200 webpages already available, helps our Irish citizens abroad navigate their way back home.”

‘Returning to Ireland’ provides practical information on Irish public services aimed specifically at people returning to live in Ireland. Returning citizens need easy access to information which can help during their transition to Ireland on matters such as how the Irish taxation system works, how to get an Irish driving licence or get a passport for a child born abroad.

The Returning to Ireland content is available online at



1.       Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon, T.D. chairs the Government’s Interdepartmental Committee on the Irish Abroad, which works to facilitate a whole of government response to issues affecting Irish people overseas. In recent meetings the Committee has focused its work on addressing challenges faced by returning Irish emigrants.


2.       The decision by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support the creation of an online information service for returning Irish emigrants stems from a key recommendation from the ‘Indecon Economic Report on Addressing Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants’, a study commissioned by the Department and published in February 2018 (available at, which recommended the creation of a dedicated best in class online information service focused on returning emigrants.


3.       The Citizens Information Board supports the provision of information, advice, advocacy as well as money advice and budgeting services on a wide range of public and social services. These services are delivered in three separate ways – online, phone and in person. Its key information website,, provides public service information for Ireland.


4.       According to population and migration estimates from the Central Statistics Office, 28,400 Irish nationals returned to live in Ireland in the year to April 2018, with more Irish people returning than emigrating for the first time since 2009.



22 August 2019

Press Office



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