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Campaign to lure people back

Hays, one of the country's most prominent recruitment firms, is running campaigns in Poland, the UK and Canada to get Irish workers to return home.

The FTSE 250 company employs almost 9,000 staff in 33 countries, including about 90 in Ireland.

Hays Ireland's managing director Richard Eardley said major Irish companies in sectors such as construction, tech and finance were now keen for skilled workers who may have emigrated during the recession to return to the country.