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Earlier this week, on the 1 o’clock news, the CSO gave the latest prognosis for the population of Ireland.
In 2046, 33 years from now, it will be circa 6.7 million people, up from 4.5 million today. We can take it that this is a sort of accepted national plan and our planners will make hay with it, as best they can.
It’s a rise of 2.2m people, about 70,000 people per year. Our native birth rate is almost flat, like most Europeans; for the coming decade at least we will lose our own young people, maybe as many as 70,000 per year, as is now happening, and they will be replaced by immigrants, mostly non-Europeans, it seems, or fringe Europeans, or people of special status.
This mad prognosis is neither questioned nor denied or confronted by anyone anymore. It seems most people will agree with it, many on the Left if not most, will demand we take in even more. It is in blank denial of the effects climate change will have on us. It ignores the growing number of indigenous poor here, the disappearing resources, the lack of schools, dole, hospitals and jobs.
This figure no doubt is the business plan of our developers, planners, road builders, bankers, Nama, churches, at the conservative end too, and so our politicians play along with it, if the plan itself does not come from them.
It means that basic sustainability, societal and environmental, or just making things easier for us is, as the late Maggie once said, “out, out, out”.
What’s the use of protesting anymore about anything when it seems the only duty we feel is a duty to make things worse?
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