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It's time to face up to the fact that the elderly will continue to be a burden on society. What's needed is a new Modest Proposal, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

6th October, 2012
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'The government, to be fair, has already taken action to remind the elderly of how burdensome they have become'.

As Positive Ageing Week comes to an end, it's interesting to note a recent survey finding that one in two older Irish people - far from being positive - worry about becoming a burden on their families.

Having given this some thought, I have a proposal that could eliminate their worries. It's not exactly new, being inspired by Dubliner Jonathan Swift's essay, penned in 1729, called A Modest Proposal.

Swift's topic was the cost burden represented...

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