Our lost youth ben­e­fits oth­ers

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ Watch­ing Ire­land lose the rugby match against Aus­tralia wasn’t the only sad thing to cross my mind last week­end.

The big­ger is­sue surely was watch­ing the ocean of green and the many thou­sands of our fan­tas­tic young Ir­ish men and women throng­ing the sta­dium in Bris­bane.

And the same phe­nom­e­non will be seen over the next two Satur­days where again many more thou­sands of our young em­i­grants, driven out by a failed State, will gather to sup­port the team.

We wit­nessed the same scan­dal in Sol­dier Field in Chicago last year against the All Blacks when the ma­jor­ity of the 68,000 in the sta­dium were again our young Ir­ish – sons and daugh­ters of par­ents re­duced to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their loved ones through the odd Skype or text.

Re­gret­tably, many thou­sands more of our highly ed­u­cated young re­side in Canada, New Zealand and the UK and trag­i­cally many more are still leav­ing to­day.

While some will re­turn to Ire­land, there is no doubt the ma­jor­ity will stay put, at­tracted by the life­style, the weather and well-paid jobs in well-run or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Cru­cially, they will drive the economies of their adopted coun­tries for­ward with their en­ergy,

en­thu­si­asm, education and bril­liance, leav­ing mas­sive gaps in all as­pects of the busi­ness, so­cial and cul­tural life in Ire­land.

This mass em­i­gra­tion is a ma­jor scan­dal and the liv­ing and ugly legacy of the fi­nan­cial crash of 2008 when Fianna Fáil politi­cians, the bankers and se­nior civil ser­vants com­bined to wreck the Ir­ish econ­omy and so­ci­ety.

This was fol­lowed by a bru­tal Fine Gael aus­ter­ity pro­gramme, open­ing the flood­gates for many of our young and not-so-young to leave our shores for good.

Lest we for­get.

John Leahy Wil­ton Road, Co Cork

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