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    Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora examines abortion trail

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    “Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora: The ‘abortion trail’ and the making of a London-Irish Underground, 1980-2000” by Ann Rossiter tells the story of the London-Irish women who have supported many of the Irish women who have travelled to Britain for abortions.

    The book, which was launched in Dublin on Wednesday by Senator Ivana Bacik,  is an oral history record of the Irish Women’s Abortion Support Group and the Irish Abortion Solidarity Campaign. Author Anne Rossiter is a Limerick-born campaigner who has lived in London for 25 years.

    Related web pages:

    Irish Times: The kindness of strangers who helped Irish women abandoned by the State

    Federation of Irish Societies: Book Launch: Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora

    Depression among emigrants rooted in Ireland, say researchers

    Sunday, September 30th, 2007

    The origins of depression among many Irish emigrants in Britain are located in Ireland or in difficult life circumstances, rather than the experience of migration, according to recently published research.

    The researchers behind “Explanations of depression among Irish migrants in Britain” said they had hypothesised that the explanations for psychological distress may have been related to unprepared or spontaneous migration. After interviewing Irish-born migrants living in London, they found that this theory was not supported.

    The article’s abstract is online at, where the whole article may be purchased.

    VHI targets Irish in US with health plan

    Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

    Health insurers VHI are marketing a plan to Irish people working in the US. The plan, Global, is designed for Irish expats who are working abroad for six months or more and who intend to reside in Ireland in the future. The plan covers emergency and elective medical treatment in the US, paying medical bills directly to US hospitals; it does not cover preventive visits. Current VHI members can transfer to Global and back to their domestic policy when resident in Ireland again, with no break in coverage.
    More information can be found at www.vhi/global.