Emigration is just part of the story in decline of our twentysomethings
Ireland's young are disappearing. Since 2008, the number of twentysomethings living in the Republic has declined by almost a quarter of a million. This amounts to the loss of almost one third of the 20 to 29-year-old age cohort in just six years. Never in this State's history have people in their twenties made up as small a share of the total population.
A shrinking of this age group on such a scale - something that usually only happens in times of war, famine or plague - can be expected to have social, political and economic consequences aplenty.
I'll return to these many consequences in a future column, but today let's focus on the reasons it has happened, not least because they are not what you might expect.