Tuesday 24 October 2017

Brian Brennan: Carol is bright, ambitious and leaving the country

A letter to the Irish Independent from Carol Flannery, pictured at home last night, about the plight she faces as a graduate seeking work in Ireland and her decision to emigrate sparked a debate that was both touching and, at times, infuriating
A letter to the Irish Independent from Carol Flannery, pictured at home last night, about the plight she faces as a graduate seeking work in Ireland and her decision to emigrate sparked a debate that was both touching and, at times, infuriating

Brian Brennan

AT times deeply touching, at times infuriating, a debate about young people having to emigrate in search of work -- which is still going on in the letters-to-the-editor page of the Irish Independent -- has revealed extremely divided opinions about the recession and how people might deal with its effects.

The little controversy began with a letter from Carol Flannery of Mayo, who has a master of science degree. She wrote that, because she could not even find a work-experience post, never mind a paid job, she was preparing to emigrate.

"Like all graduates of my generation, I am stuck", she wrote. "Taoisigh, past and present, I lay the blame at your feet. You had a job to do, but you failed."

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