Dublin: The news that 70,000 departed these shores this year is truly depressing.
Two years ago it was truly ironic to read that Irish students protested near the replica Famine ship the Jeanne Johnston to make a point about the role of enforced emigration in Irish life for the last 175 years.
As another generation gets ready to leave we really have to face facts about the country of Ireland.
As we witness another huge exodus of people, driven by economic malfeasance we have to embrace the notion that after 90 years of independence it is not a very well run country.
During that ninety years we have had maybe 15 of outright prosperity, seven or eight with the Celtic Tiger and a similar phase in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
In between were decades of hard times, emigrant boats and ships and perhaps, saddest of all, a grim realization that Ireland was unable to keep many of its best and brightest.
All in all, as another generation takes to the boats and planes the extent of the failure in Ireland has become evident .
_________What we have to realize is that, in almost every sector of Irish life, a privileged elite, a crony class has grown up and that has stunted Irish growth in a permanent fashion.
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