O Connell St the night Ireland became a Republic. ….. Great picture. pic.twitter.com/q4NG1Lr2o0
— David Doherty (@davydoc1971) June 17, 2014
*wipes tear from glass eye*
Members of youth groups from across Ireland outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin in October 2013
In April 2009, the State contained 1.423 million people aged between 15 and 35. In April 2014, there were 1.206 million in the same age group. That’s a reduction from one generation of more than the entire population of Limerick city and county. This is the age group of rebellion, of adventure, of trying it out and trying it on. It’s the generation that annoys its elders and outrages convention and challenges accepted wisdom. It is demography’s answer to the stultification of groupthink. It is not always right but without its capacity to drive everyone else up the wall, smugness settles over everything like a fine grey dust.
Look anywhere in Ireland that is not a specific redoubt of youth culture, and the place is heavy with middle-age. From the civil service to the media, from politics to the arts establishment, you find demographic landscapes that have been largely frozen for the last six years. The thinning ranks of the young have been unable to mount any sustained challenge to the self-serving orthodoxies of their elders. Which would be fine if the place they leave could afford the consequent culture of stasis and complacency
Fintan O’Toole in today’s Irish Times.
Previously: Correlation Does Not Imply Causation
Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
Research by Dr Michael Collins of the Nevin Economic Research Institute finds the poorest 10% pay just over 30% of their income in taxes.This is mostly in the form of indirect taxes levied on the things they spend money on. Meanwhile, the top 10% spend 29.5% of their income on tax – mostly in the form of direct income tax. The combined tax burden produces a u-shaped graph, with the bottom and top of the income distribution paying most, and those on lower middle incomes paying least.
There you go, now.
Read Dr Collins’ paper in full here
— Rosie Foley (@FoleyRosie) August 17, 2014
Spotted during Ireland’s loss to France at the 3rd/4th place play-off in Paris at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup.
A culinary movement to find great produce sourced within a 12 mile radius of your front door?
What freshly-produced madness is this?
Kevin from Sage Restaurant writes:
The lush farmland and dedicated farmers of Midleton [Co Cork] and its hinterland enables us to source all our meat from within this radius. All our poultry is reared by “12 Mile” farmers and is free-range. Our fish is trawled and line-caught by East Cork fleets in Irish waters.
Love Irish animals??
Juanita Browne writes:
My First Book of Irish Animals’ is a picture-book for young children to introduce them to the wonderful wild animals we have in this country. The book is illustrated by the hugely talented Aoife Quinn, from County Wicklow.
The motivation for this book came from reading to my own young children. I would have loved to have been able to show them a book like this with big drawings and information about our Irish wildlife but unfortunately could fine one. In book shops today, there are lots of picture books available about sharks and bears, big cats and spiders from all over the world, but there are none that focus specifically on the Irish fauna.
Supporters who back this journey will in effect be pre-ordering a copy or copies of the book which can be posted to them or to friends or family as gifts.
— TG4 (@TG4TV) August 1, 2014
Watch Coghlan’s army take on the USA in their opening game of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup LOIVE on TG4 from Paris at 3:50 pm today.
Allez les verts!!
Previously: This Just Lynne