Following the news from National Youth Council of Ireland that over 70% of 18-24 year olds are considering emigration, there has been a specific diminishing of young people’s concerns.
The assurance that this ‘has always been the case’ deserves a sincere rebuttal – why is this the case?
Why should young people be forced to look abroad for opportunities? Why should young people feel fearful of their futures, or have their mental health worsened due to the crises in Ireland?
Is it too much to ask that the place where I am born be an attractive and worthwhile place to grow old?
Is it too much to want to imagine owning a home, being able to have our own family, being able to live happily and without difficulty in making ends meet?
Recently, my grandmother passed away and I was incredibly thankful for myself and family that none of us had to travel across the world to be there for her funeral. In a time of grief, it was a small comfort.
I for one wish to remain here for good, to cherish my time with my parents, remaining grandparents, my girlfriend’s family, and all those I have come to call friends in my short 24 years.
Criodán Ó Murchú
Postgraduate Representative, Údarás na hOllscoile, Ollscoill na Gaillimhe
Board Member, SpunOut.ie & Text50808