Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lost generation will find no hope in Government's plans

Graduate unemployment is at nearly 40 per cent, but the young don't vote Fine Gael, so they are left out, writes Stephen Donnelly

I've a very bright young man working for me at the moment. He's 25, has a master's degree, a strong work ethic, and a desire to see his country get out of this mess. A few hours after the Budget was announced last Wednesday, I asked him for his reaction. He said: "I hope they're not going to tax Ryanair flights to London."

He saw nothing in the Budget for him, his friends or his generation. He saw higher taxes, higher education costs, and nothing meaningful in the area of most concern – jobs. Like many others his age, he saw his future moving away from Ireland.

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