“This is not a country for old people,” Irish poet WB Yeats wrote in the first line of his poem “Sailing to Byzantium”.
An aging Yeats may have felt left out of Irish society when he wrote the famous book, but he got it wrong when he said Ireland is not a place for old people.
Ireland has always been a country for old people, a nation that puts aside its youth like a rag doll at all times. It has never been more prevalent than in Ireland today.
The Ireland of 2021 is not a place for young people; it is a barren desert where rents and real estate prices are skyrocketing; rising costs and stagnant wages.
It becomes almost impossible for young people to acquire real estate in Ireland, either by renting it out or buying it directly.
The country is currently experiencing its worst rental housing shortage, according to recent figures from Daft.ie, which has helped skyrocket rents to a national average of € 1,516 per month.
Faced with this crisis, landlords are increasingly unfriendly and frequently rent one-bedroom slums at exorbitant prices.
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However, there is little hope of legislative action to tackle this blatant attempt to make a quick buck by capitalizing on the misfortune of others. After all, a significant portion of government TDs are homeowners and are unlikely to vote against their own interests.
Anyone hoping to bypass rental properties and own their own home needs to realistically rethink.
Economist Dermot O’Leary of financial services firm Goodbody recently estimated that the average household will need an annual salary of almost € 90,000 plus a deposit of € 35,000 just to buy a standard house in Ireland. ‘by 2023.
Considering that the median salary in Ireland is currently € 35,000, the average household will indeed need to get a salary increase of € 20,000 over the next 24 months if they are to be able to afford housing.
Austere reading for anyone trying to navigate their way up the property ladder, especially since the Central Bureau of Statistics estimates the median salary of people under 30 to be closer to € 28,000.
The Irish government has pledged to address this housing crisis with its Housing For All plan for the next decade, but it could more than offset housing market pressures by cracking down on investment funds that have left properties vacant.
Ireland currently has the 10th highest vacancy rate in the world, with 183,312 units currently empty in Ireland.
A government more compassionate and concerned with its youth and working class would use this to its advantage, but when did the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ever show compassion to the young or the poor?
For Irish students and young adults working in low-income service jobs, they face a rapidly rising living wage that far exceeds the current minimum wage of € 10.20 per hour. The basic wage deemed necessary for existence in Ireland is now estimated at € 12.90 an hour, or € 2.70 full, or 26%, above the current minimum wage.
Young people in low-paying jobs were victims of vicious and unfair attacks when they refused to return to work during the pandemic so that they could continue to receive unemployment benefit in the event of a pandemic of around € 300 per week .
But why would a self-respecting person put their health at risk by going back to work just to earn a piece of bread?
Likewise, why would a young nurse or young doctor choose to stay in Ireland when they could move to a country that truly values their services and pays them fairly?
Student nurses in Ireland have been treated outrageously, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government only recently agreed to pay nursing students who are not in their final year after facing overwhelming public pressure after initially refusing to do so. Even still, student nurses only earn € 100 per week while doing grueling shifts and fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To make matters worse, this inadequate compensation is expected to expire whenever the COVID-19 pandemic is deemed over and the powers that be may revert to not even pretending to care about the backbone of the Irish healthcare system. They won’t even get a condescending and condescending applause in the Dáil for their problems.
It is a miracle that a young person chooses to study nursing in today’s Ireland.
All of this might have been bearable if the young Irish had only one way to alleviate some of their grievances.
However, the recent decision to effectively shut down Irish nightlife less than four weeks after it opened for the first time in almost two years has compounded the gloom that has gripped the younger generations of Ireland.
Nightclubs have been the sacrificial lamb of Ireland’s COVID-19 pandemic, touted by politicians and health experts as the biggest public health risk the country faces despite opening for three of the 90 weeks that the pandemic has hit Ireland.
Young people, who have been the scapegoats throughout this pandemic, were once again deprived of this social outlet earlier this month when the Irish government panicked over the exponential increase in COVID cases that had not stopped to increase for weeks before nightclubs reopen.
It was never going to be different.
Young people have been blamed every moment for prolonging the COVID-19 pandemic, despite sacrificing everything to help curb the spread of a disease that does not pose a great risk to them.
So it’s no surprise that the government has decided to wreak more havoc in an industry that primarily caters to those under 30.
After all, what does it matter that an entire industry that has already been wiped out by shutdowns during the pandemic is effectively forced to do so again before the busiest season of the year as long as the government has someone other to blame for his incompetence?
It is astonishing that anyone under the age of 25 stays in Ireland, especially after the recent decision to once again delay any idea of an underground transport system in Dublin.
Dublin has long called for a functioning transport system that covers the entire city to replace its crumbling bus service.
With gas and car prices soaring, many young people earning a median salary or less have no choice but to take this underfunded service to access their low-paying jobs and non-existent social life. while passing dozens of new hotels that are rising. the place of old cultural landmarks.
Yeats may have dreamed of sailing to Byzantium to escape the stigma of being old in modern Ireland, but today’s young people dream of Australia, New York, London, and Canada.
Can you blame them?