Una Mullally: Young people will rebuild Ireland from ashes

Generation to be worst-hit by post-epidemic recession will act to effect real social change

Grand Canal Dock: Big Tech bosses have decided they don’t need offices. Many places where young people work – bars, restaurants, cafes, salons, clothing shops – will disappear completely.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grand Canal Dock: Big Tech bosses have decided they don’t need offices. Many places where young people work – bars, restaurants, cafes, salons, clothing shops – will disappear completely.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The weekend featured two anniversaries now embedded in Irish modern history: the five-year anniversary of the marriage-equality referendum and the two-year anniversary of a referendum that’s now simply called “Repeal”. 

How would we feel about ourselves now if those things hadn’t happened? If all that work hadn’t been put in over the years by women, by the LGBTQ community, by young male and straight allies, and by the resilient fellow travellers who laid the foundations before them? And now, what does rebuilding Ireland again look like when those campaigns were many young people’s formative political experiences?

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