Yesterday, 60,000 took to the streets to celebrate the Gay Pride festival, with dignitaries from many state institutions as well as the great and good taking part in the festivities. The progress made in social mores is a credit to the country, however probably the largest minority of Irish citizens remain an ignored and disregarded segment of the population. Im referring of course to economic emigrants, of which Im one. The poorest parts of the country remain overwhelmingly affected by this phenomenon, in my home parish 13 of 19 of my 6th class group have had to leave for economic reasons, but no influential personage has taken up our cause. And its not just recent generations that have emigrated, every family input locality has elderly relations who were forced out in the 40s and 50s. We comprise a good percentage of citizens born since the inception of the state but no government or mass movement has ever attempted to do anything for emigrants. Indeed the recent influx of immigration seems aimed at replacing us. My question is why do other minority groups get such offical recognition while we are left to survive on our wits?