Men increasingly more likely to be without work
MEN are getting a raw deal in the recession, and the Irish education system is failing them, Finola Bruton said yesterday.
The wife of former Taoiseach John Bruton said that the money currently spent on gender studies should be devoted to exploring why so many men are relying on social welfare payments.
Male unemployment in Ireland was 17.8pc compared to 10.9pc for women. This is in significant contrast to the rest of Europe, where it is roughly equal, she told a conference in Dublin organised by the pro-marriage Iona Institute.
Even as recently as 2007, male and female unemployment was virtually the same but the widening gap now holds true across all age-groups, with 233,000 men under the age of 25 out of work, compared to 123,000 females.
This situation has serious implications for marriage and domestic harmony she said.
"Men's identities are far more defined by their work than women's and both men and women become extremely uncomfortable when men's work goes away," she said.