Friday, September 19, 2008

Here's the quid. Now for the quo?

From the new year 20,000 one-year working visas will be made available to Irish people who want to work in America. This strikes me as being of no help whatsoever to those who are already working illegally, but it's a start.

What I want to know is where are the visas for Americans who want to work in Ireland? I thought this immigration deal was going to be one of those quid pro quo deals where there would be an equal number of opportunities for Americans who would like to work in Ireland. This sounds strangely like the old Ireland, not the new Ireland. Has the economic downturn caused a complete reversion in thinking and shredded all confidence in the future?