Sunday 26 March 2017

We're heading back down the road of unsustainable public pay and toxic economics

Students Bryan JijiJohn (11) and Muireann O’Donnell (11) from Abbeystrewry National School at National Digital Week in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Photo: Emma Jervis
Students Bryan JijiJohn (11) and Muireann O’Donnell (11) from Abbeystrewry National School at National Digital Week in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Photo: Emma Jervis

Ciarán Conlon

There was no one in Skibbereen at National Digital Week 2016 demanding "pay restoration" or a return to social partnership. They wouldn't even think about it.

For one, the organisers all seemed to be in their mid-twenties, so for all their adult life all they've known is the crash caused by a toxic mix of poor domestic policy decisions and an international financial crises.

Second, with support from industry heavy-weights like Sean O'Driscoll from Glen Dimplex and Ronan Harris from Google, Gráinne Dwyer and Callum Donnelly and their community-based team are trying and succeeding in turning Skibbereen and their Ludgate Hub into a start-up cluster for the region. It was, and is, inspiring stuff.

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