Tuesday 17 January 2017

Why is nobody getting worked up about the Banking Inquiry?

Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30

Ciarán Lynch is the chairman of the Banking Inquiry
Ciarán Lynch is the chairman of the Banking Inquiry

I welcome this new era in our country and the positive attention generated by our momentous decision and the attitudes celebrated this weekend. It proves that, when they feel strongly, the Irish people can speak up and take the necessary action.

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I do wonder if this is a blip in our robust attitudes. While we all celebrated over the weekend, the change in Constitution by majority vote and witnessed unparalleled scenes of devotion by those who live and work across the Irish Sea to travel home to vote, are we to assume that this show of solidarity will now be a constant for all the major issues in our fair shores? I, for one, doubt it. What bothers me is there is so much more in this country that needs addressing, and it needs these monumental outpourings of numbers and strength to transpire.

We have much more pressing issues in our healthcare system, water charges and homelessness. But the issue we seem to have overlooked and which doesn't appear to resonate is the one that gave the majority of those who travelled home no choice but to emigrate in the first place.

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