Friday November 27, 2020

Off message: Can we close the generation gap?

The election results show the new divisions in Ireland are not down party lines but between generations. Young people today face a whole new set of challenges and maybe it’s time we listened to what they have to say

16th February, 2020
Mary Lou McDonald celebrates her election: was voting for Sinn Féin the equivalent for Generation Z of blasting static into the system? Picture: PA

What advice would you give to yourself if you could start all over again? That’s a question that was posed to me recently, in advance of a talk I’ve been asked to give to students at an Irish university. The point of the speech is to deliver gleanings from my career to students, offering illumination and inspiration, but if I’m honest, my first reaction on receiving the kind invitation was a feeling of confusion that...

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