The training and employment agency FÁS holds an event in New York to attract workers to Ireland.

Hundreds of people turn out for an exhibition hosted by training and employment authority Foras Áiseanna Saothair (FÁS) in New York City. The FÁS Jobs Ireland New York event aims to attract people to work in Ireland.

Through family connections, many of the Irish-Americans at the event hold Irish passports. This is a valuable asset as Irish visa restrictions are as strict as those in the United States.

But for returning Irish emigrants like Tom Walsh and Caroline McConville the price of property in Ireland is a major concern. When Tom Walsh left Ireland in 1995 houses were affordable but now,

It's terrifying; it’s just gone so expensive.

While thousands of Irish continue to hope for legal status the US, there are Americans who would like a visa to work in Ireland. Minister of State for Labour Affairs Tony Killeen would like to see such a scheme established,

That’s something that’s being explored all the time.

In some cases, Americans considering the move to Ireland want the opportunity to live abroad, for others it means a better work life balance but,

For those Irish emigrants considering the big move back, it's the powerful pull of a place called home.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 October 2006. The reporter is Robert Shortt.