Monday 18 June 2018

Millennial generation will not sweep SF to power any time soon

There was no baby boom in Ireland in the 1990s so young voters have less influence than they think, writes Jody Corcoran

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

New Zealand prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern (37) is the latest to join the club of young world leaders which that most vociferous of demographic groups, Millennials, like to believe foretells a changing of the guard that will usher in sweeping social and political change, not least in Ireland.

From Canada to France and Austria to, well, Ireland it is said that these recently elected leaders mostly in their 30s represents a coming of age for Millennials, who themselves are the progeny of baby boomers during what was an international birth rate surge in the 1980s and '90s.

The Millennial generation is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies.

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