With labour shortages at the lower-skilled end of the jobs market becoming apparent, the meat industry has to rely heavily on workers from outside the European Economic Area (the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), for whom hundreds of permits are issued annually by the Government.
Crisis, what crisis? Well, excuse me while I extract my tongue from the deepest recesses of my cheek but, having done so, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have noted a distinct irony in the fact that, while all hell has been breaking loose in Abbotstown, Ireland’s elite international teams are otherwise engaged in training their eyes on lands of milk and honey.
When Ireland and Scotland meet in their opening World Cup clash in Yokohama on Sunday fortnight it will be an entirely family affair — at least according to experts in human genetics at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University of Edinburgh.
A study led by experts in human genetics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland reveals a strong genetic connection between Icelanders and residents of Donegal and the western isles of Scotland.