How did you see your future at 20? Aisling Twomey (20), about to graduate, gives us something to think over.
At 20, and I mean this with no exaggeration, I feel quite terminally worthless and helpless to do anything about it.
I was always so sure that I would stay here, live here, work here and thrive here. I felt, as I grew into a booming economy that offered me a lot and took nothing away, that I had a great hand to play and more cards to refresh my stock should some options not work out.
Now I don’t think I have an ace in the hole; my options are disappearing from my hand quite quickly, because my Government prefers to save the bankers than the youth of the nation.
If I stay in Ireland, I’ll be forced to pay for that preference – a preference I resent, made by a leadership that devalues me; a preference I never made.
I don’t expect to be in Ireland to pay the price of that failure. A generation is turning its back on the State. We might forever be seen as unpatriotic. We could have waited, they’ll say; we could have stuck it out.
That’s all fine and well – but I won’t take lessons in patriotism from a Government that chooses banks over people.
As Brian Cowen himself has said – I find that to be beyond the pale.
State that chooses banks over people has no right to talk patriotism - The Irish Times - Tue, Oct 12, 2010