Una Mullally: A new wave of emigration is upon us. This one will be different

Poor quality of life, particularly in Dublin, has been badly exposed by the pandemic

This drip-drip of departures is driven first and foremost by the housing crisis. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

This drip-drip of departures is driven first and foremost by the housing crisis. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

What happens when people change but the systems that affect their lives don’t? I think we’re about to find out. Many people’s work and life throughout the pandemic did not include seeing a lot of people or interacting a great deal with the world. Now, as people begin socialising again and essentially work to resocialise themselves, the radical internal changes that have happened for many are not being matched with an equivalent response in the political, economic and the urban sphere of Dublin many live in.

Collective experiences beget collective emotions. What we’re seeing now is what happens when those personal changes butt up against the deeply flawed and inadequate context of Irish systems. This is bubbling up as frustration. The public is on watch, and political missteps are being met with an absolute battering.

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