Tuesday 6 December 2016

Young Turks lay bare the ills of our society but few are there to listen

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

Daithi de Buitlear, Cllr Kate Feeney and Cllr Gary Gannon at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Jason McGarrigle
Daithi de Buitlear, Cllr Kate Feeney and Cllr Gary Gannon at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Jason McGarrigle
Daithi de Buitlear, Cllr Kate Feeney and Cllr Gary Gannon at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Jason McGarrigle

'I was offered Class A drugs a couple of times a year but I was never once offered a chance to volunteer," announced the speaker, Daithi de Buitleir.

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Whoa. That certainly grabbed the attention of the mature audience, the majority of whom would probably put extra-strength Paracetamol into the hard drug category.

This certainly wasn't the usual statement overheard during a week-long talking-shop awash with cerebral hand-wringing on the state of politics, interspersed with slides and graphs and earnest ruminations on Ireland's fiscal pickle, where anyone in the audience or on the stage under the age of 40 is most likely collecting glasses or setting up chairs.

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