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Monaghan commentator believes societial 'resentment and anger' is building up

Jun 23, 2022 13:06 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan commentator believes societial 'resentment and anger' is building up Monaghan commentator believes societial 'resentment and anger' is building up
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'High numbers of people are leaving college with high expectations that can't be met'

A Monaghan commentator has highlighted the 'resentment' that is building up in homes across the country towards Government and society.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, John McGuirk of Gript.ie pointed to how 64% of Irish school leavers are going onto third-level education.

34% of students, he added, include those who immigrate, others who enter the workplace, and those who engage in apprenticeship programmes.

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However, not enough school leavers are taking up apprenticeships in the first instance.

Mr McGuirk made reference to Turchin's Theory - a model that traces the dynamics of the State, elites, and commoners.

He pointed out how there is "an oversupply" in many industries including the media, finance and law.

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The consequence of that, he continued, is the high number of people leaving college with high expectations that can't be met.

And as a result, resentment is building up.

"You have a generation of young people who are living with their parents," Mr McGuirk continued.

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"And their parents are looking at them going 'I put you through college; I paid out all this money so that you wouldn't have a low paid job; and you are still living with me, and I can't get you out from under my feet'.

"The person still living with their parents feel like a failure because they bought the same narrative.

"And they think, 'here I am still living with my parents but it can't be my fault - it must be society's fault, it must be the Government's fault.  Therefore I am very angry and very frustrated'."

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