More than 200 people a day left Ireland in 2012, as emigration surged to levels not experienced since the famine.
It's understood that over 26,000 people left Ireland this year to go to Australia, with around 5,000 migrating permanently.
Ireland is now among the top 10 source countries for migration to Australia.
Meanwhile, almost 16,000 Irish people headed to Britain in 2012 according to figures from the UK Department of Work and Pensions.
Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn says here in Donegal we know all to well about emmigration, and he says it's hard to see things changing in 2013....