This innovative initiative is funded through the Emigrant Support Programme by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which seeks to facilitate in practical ways those who left Ireland and want to return home. Thanks to the support provided there will be no charge for those selected to participate in the initiative.


Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.
Welcoming the new initiative, Minister Coveney said: ‘I am delighted that my Department is once again supporting this exciting initiative, following a very successful pilot. Irish people who have travelled, or spent a number of years out of the country, often have exceptional entrepreneurial skills. The challenge is to maximize this potential for the benefit of the individuals who have recently returned and their families and also for the benefit of the communities in which they are locating across the country.”


Minister of State for the Diaspora & International Development. Minister Cannon also welcomed Back for Business, saying: ‘Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, is committed to facilitating, in practical ways, those who left Ireland and want to return home. Back for Business reflects this commitment. As we have seen in the pilot, it is an initiative that can make a real difference to returned and returning emigrants who have a keen desire and ambition to be entrepreneurs. It is designed to support them to go beyond just creating a job for themselves and to aim higher and create a thriving business that can provide employment for others and value added in their local community.’