Youth might be wasted on the young but is it increasingly all they are left with? Fewer jobs, little hope and the prospect of emigration are often what face the young Irish.
Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton said recently “young people have borne the brunt of the crisis to a huge extent.” And the facts do seem to back that up. One in five of under 25-year-olds is unemployed and the few jobs going are often second-tier with pay and conditions far below what even slightly older colleagues are entitled to. The generation who will follow face student fees and student debt.
President Michael D Higgins has called for “intergenerational solidarity” and as part of that launched Being Young and Irish, a series of regional consultations with people aged 17 to 26 to inform the first of his Presidential seminars.
Is it the case that the older generation has pulled up the ladder? Or do ‘Generation Me’ need to do more to help and represent themselves? That's what we'll be discussing this Monday on our first programme of the new season. We’ve already had lots of emails and comments on this and we will have some very interesting voices in the studio. Let us know what you think - Please leave a comment below, and if you’d like to come along and say it on the show email us firstname.lastname@example.org