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Irish eye Aussies for work and play

The Piper's Rest pub in Kilcar in south-west Donegal. The county was named as one of the Lonely Plant guide’s coolest place on the planet. Picture: The West Australian
The Piper’s Rest pub in Kilcar in south-west Donegal. The county was named as one of the Lonely Plant guide’s coolest place on the planet. Picture: The West Australian

Almost 6000 Irish travellers head to Australia for a working holiday every year.

But only 250 Australians go to Ireland for the same purpose.

Irish Minister of State David Stanton, who is in WA, wants this massive disparity evened out — and he thinks young West Australians could play a part.

“Ireland should have plenty of appeal for West Australians, especially for young people,” Mr Stanton said. “There’s the natural beauty, the great food and obviously we speak the same language.

“And many West Australians have cultural and ancestral links to Ireland.”

Irish Minister for State David Stanton on St Georges Terrace. Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian
Irish Minister for State David Stanton on St Georges Terrace. Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Mr Stanton, who has special responsibility for equality, immigration and integration, has been in WA since the weekend as part of an international St Patrick’s Day campaign to promote Ireland around the globe.

Other Irish ministers have gone to other destinations, including Prime Minister Enda Kenny to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump, New Zealand, Argentina and nations across Asia and Europe.

“It also gives us the opportunity to meet Irish communities all over the world and to cement relationships with businesses and countries,” Mr Stanton said.

20 per cent of sales at Pitt St Mall in Sydney got to Chinese visitors.

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