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Trapped in cycle of blame, boom, bust and bluster

It would appear that once again the Irish people are indulging in the national pasttime of unbridled victimhood.

I refer to the recent events at the RDS where the political corpse that is Fianna Fáil indulged in some nostalgia while thousands of workers queued next door to try and get a job abroad. The airwaves and opinion columns are now full of “horror stories” of ordinary decent workers being forced to go abroad for work.

As an emigrant who left the country in 2003 I sympathise with anyone who is forced abroad through lack of opportunities, but I cannot endure the media whinge-fest that accompanies this.

People must acknowledge that the Irish Republic has been a failed state for generations. At the height of the Celtic Tiger there were still 5%-6% of the workforce unemployed. Now that there are 14% unemployed the population is united in its outpouring of indignation at the injustice of it all, without really looking at the reasons for this.

We will never resolve the massive problems of the country by complaining to Joe Duffy and pouring bile on the establishment who we elected in the first place. People should toughen up and work harder as the Japanese or Germans have done in times of unprecedented historical catastrophes.

Until the Irish people realise this, we will continue to go through the familiar cycle of blame, boom, bust and bluster.

Billy McElligott

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