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    Independent explores lure of Spain

    By Noreen Bowden | January 15, 2008

    The Irish Independent says there are an increasing number of Irish families moving to Spain, with 78,000 Irish people registered as living there. Journalist Niamh Horan says the Irish-born are lured by cheap and convenient flights, warm weather, an inexpensive lifestyle, and the widespread use of English.

    Additionally, some claim they are finding they are having to give up few of their comforts. Patrick Hughes, MD of an estate agency selling to Irish people, says, “There’s no sacrifice. We have RTE here. We can get the Irish papers every day; it’s like home from home, except warmer and more comfortable… You live the same here as you do at home”.

    The one caveat expressed in the article is that children tend to become more independent and grow up more quickly in Spain.

    The Irish in Spain have been in the headlines over the last two weeks with the disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick, who went missing from Mijas on New Year’s Day. Her family has lived in the Costa del Sol for about a year.

    See the full article in the Irish Independent, “Boom in Irish families living Spanish dream“.

    Topics: EU, Latest News | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Independent explores lure of Spain”

    1. Jack Says:
      January 17th, 2008 at 12:59 am

      Spain was not a great place for Amy Fitzpatrick was it?
      Spanish ploice need to learn how to respond quick to missing children reports.
      If they dont find Amy it will show just how much they got it wrong.
      I would be happy to have the odd days rain and keep my children safe.

      Spain is not safe so its big no from me i value my children more than my comfort.