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Think being young today is hard? Let's see how Millennials feel 30 years from now

The older generation foots all the bills and still gets blamed for everything that is wrong in the world

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Young people having fun at the Electric Picnic festival recently in Co Laois Photo: Fergal Philips
Young people having fun at the Electric Picnic festival recently in Co Laois Photo: Fergal Philips

'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." So said King Lear, though he didn't know the half of it.

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Imagine an entire generation of thankless children, all blaming their elders for every bad thing that befalls them - and continuing to do so long into supposed adulthood - and that's a fairly accurate description of the world right now.

They were out in force after the Budget, sinking their serpents' teeth into those who were deemed to have unfairly benefited at their expense, emboldened by the claims of populist politicians, such as the Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, that this was an "anti young people's Budget".

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