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  • Sunday, January 30, 2005

    Irish students no longer wish to visit America

    I know several people who've said that although they had planned to visit America, under the Bush regime they have absolutely no wish to put money into the US economy while they are in charge: Irish students declare war on their US rite of passage

    Ireland’s youth is so out of love with America that the number of students applying for a summer visa scheme has halved within a year. As he embarked on a tour of universities and colleges last week, James Kenny, the US Ambassador, said that recapturing Ireland’s youth was “hugely important for us” and admitted that a wave of anti-Americanism was stopping many students visiting the US. Referring to a slump in applications for the J1 summer visa programme, from 6,500 in 2003 to 2,800 last year, Mr Kenny said: “We were pretty disappointed. What we hope to do is get the numbers back up to where they were previously to 2004. I hope that we can make it easier and more welcoming for people.”
    I'm sorry Mr Kenny, but as long as fundamentalist extremists are in charge of your country, then your visitor numbers won't be as high as they were before. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

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