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