Sunday 22 January 2017

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

Ciarán Conlon

Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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