It's the long goodbye for our Irish 'kidults'
A new report from Eurostat reveals that Irish men are typically 26.5 years old, and Irish women on average 24.8, before they leave home. It is difficult to pinpoint why men and women stay at home so long, although it might have something to do with property prices, both to buy or rent. But that is not the full story.
In the UK, the US and Scandinavia it is common for school leavers to move to a different city to attend university, which gives them a taste of freedom. But the majority of college students here tend to live at home while attending university, for various reasons, including the fact that the imbalance in the population is tilted towards urban centres.
The real question is: Is the fabled 'Irish mammy' still a factor? Undoubtedly she has to be. The modern mammy not only looks after her offspring's home comforts, but seems to act as an unpaid taxi service for them as well.