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02 October 2010

Editorials In defence of student protest

tial investment should pay divi- dends in the future. However, stu- dent’s degrees do not amount to guaranteed jobs as my colleague Byron Murphy testifies to in his editorial. Students may be asked in the

Daniel Lynch Editor

‘Tiger, tiger burning slight, The Celtic fields are all alight’ Students are left in a precarious

position in our torrid economy. On one hand, people wish to arm themselves to better fight off un- employment. Theoretically, an ini-

near future to pay an exponentially increased amount to attain a piece of paper which could prove fruit- less. Against this, students are preparing to march on Dublin once again in an effort to influence gov- ernment decision making. Novem- ber 3rd will see a few thousand students united, waving banners and expressing their discontent- ment at proposed cuts to education. Recently announced cuts in the re- gion of 1 billion euro to the health sector leave very little hope that education can avoid massive re- ductions.

Emigration appears an increas-

ingly popular choice for Irish peo- ple, and one imagines chief amongst them is impoverished graduates. Come November 3rd, a clever tactic is being employed. Organisers will be encouraging students to register. If noisy shout- ing doesn’t grab the attention of Cowen and co., the ballot box most certainly will. Education has been a pivot of

the ‘Smart Economy’, so long praised by government officials. Reality appears to dampen their enthusiasm, as they set about dis- mantling it. Huge cuts to an al- ready fragile system will have an impact on the economy, much far- ther reaching than just losing a few tutorials. Companies will not invest when the ‘brain drain’ inevitably kicks

The grass is greener on every other side

on the issue again, so I’m going to turn to a much cheerier topic this week, unemployment. I’ve been reading the figures for a while now, and seeing Irish unemployment go from 4.5% to 13.8% in three years didn’t really register as much to me, thinking naively that 14% is still a low figure and that these things fluctuate anyway. The recession wasn’t something

Byron Murphy Deputy/News Editor I spoke (well, wrote) last issue

about the dire, horrifying, apoca- lyptic state of the economy and I’m likely to have government officials showing up at my door if I touch

I saw in figures, it was something I lived from the time I started col- lege until the bleak point we find ourselves at today. In first year I was bombarded with the idea of “prospects” in huge letters, and had just got a better job than the one I had after handing out just one CV. Being successful seemed like the easiest thing in the world. Talk of the recession had started in earnest

Express Editor Daniel Lynch

Deputy Editor/ News Editor Byron Murphy

Features Editor Margaret Perry University College Cork

Editorial Team 2010/2011

Deputy Features Editor

Karen O’Mahony

Entertainment Editor John Barker

Music Editor Kevin O’ Neill

around the summer of 2008, and my then boss had used it as a threat to keep us working hard, saying “plenty of people will jump at the work.” I dismissed it as low brow scare mongering. Weeks later I was told that my

contract was not to be renewed (I didn’t know I had a contract) and that my last day would be Christ- mas Eve. The whole thing felt very Tiny-Tim. I gave myself the next six months and a Jamaican holiday to recover from the trauma, and cast my CV line back into the working ocean. Nothing. No word back from

dozens and dozens of applications. My conditioned theory that any employer would love to have me seemed to fall apart as I spent an entire summer doing nothing re-

Gaming Editor Adam El Araby Sports Editor

Mike McCarthy

Fashion Editor Lynn Harding

Photography & PR Julia Healy Layout & Design

Catherine Dennehy

in. Cuts to education are a step away from students fees sky rock- eting. Those who complete their degree will flee in their droves to America or other places where jobs are a realistic prospect. ‘Revitalising the economy’

spouts from government rhetoric like a parrot with a low vocabulary. Demagogue and base promises are nothing new, but setting about ac- tively destroying any chance of achieving their pipe dream is bizarre. Then again, this is a gov- ernment content to target the down trodden before letting leach bank officials go a week without their 1947 Cheval Blanc. There are no easy solutions to a

complicated problem, but there are disastrous ones. Haphazardly cut- ting left, right and centre is not a good long term solution. Every-

ally. I wrote, joined a band and had plenty of time for fun and frolics but put another way I completely wasted four months. When people say on 96fm’s usual woe stories that unemployment is demoralis- ing, I take them a lot more seri- ously now. Armed with the memory of by

far the worst summer of my life, I made the decision to head oversees this time around. I made the deci- sion quite late, and for what ulti- mately was the wrong reason, but the plus side of my choice was that I could experience the work poten- tial in another country. After a little more than two weeks of running around in a suit in 38 degree Boston weather with 70% humid- ity, a job was found for not just me but the 4 gents I ended up living with.

Mine; Benny’s Moving and Storage, Watertown, MA. I was a

Siannon O'Neill, Niamh O’Leary, Karen O’ Neill,

Susan O’Sullivan, George Pardoe, Nevin Power, Philip Saunders,

Michael Twomey, Lorraine Wall, Pauline Zberro

Express Illustrator Heidi Carlson

Damien O’Rourke, Keavy O’ Sullivan,

Brian Byrne, James Campion, Danny Hale, Bryan Kenneally, Enda Kenneally, Jessica Leen, Robert Lennon, Barry Lyndon, Kate Magner, Rory McDonnell, Craig Manton, Sorcha Nagle, Brogan O’Callaghan, Irial Ó Ceallaigh,


thing will be hit, undoubtedly, but what is being done to counteract this? Quite frankly, it appears as though we have a fingers crossed leader. And no matter how many times he clicks his heels, he’s not waking up (likely from a drunken binge). Students are right to voice their

concern and make their voices heard. France has seen severe protests, often resulting in violent outrage. Perhaps there is a happy median between apathetic accept- ance and rioting on the streets. An alcohol fuelled student protest will likely harm the cause. However, past experience has seen very or- derly affairs. Cliché though it may be, gov-

ernments should be afraid of their people, not the other way around. Make your government afraid and do not accept the ravings of the inept, the corrupt and the purely deluded. The Celtic Tiger is dead, so too should we burn its ideals of excess for excess sake.

moving man. Some 24 hour shifts in heat a pasty Irish man would have thought mythical. Lifting couches up stairs in that dangerous temperature for sometimes 24 hours at a time with no schedule, just a call the night before the day you’d be asked to work. And it was the best job of my life. Going up and down America in a truck filled with me and some other immi- grants (these ones Central Ameri- can) was one of

the best

experiences of my life, and I grew to love the skyline of the city I had an extremely bad first impression of.

But that was the difference.

Elsewhere there are jobs for those willing to find and work them. That’s not the case for a lot of peo- ple here. When I graduate I’ll have a Bachelors, Masters and still no ‘prospects’. Not in this country anyway.

Staff Writers Jennie Brosnan,

Siobhan Brosnan, Jack Broughan, Isobel Cuddigan, Karen Dunbar, Rob Fehily, Ciara Guiry, Danny

Hale, Úna Hennessy, Orlaith Hur- ley, Lisa Juilet McDonough, Mae McSweeney, Peter Neville, Tracy Nyhan, Dónal Ó Catháin, Bridget O’ Riordan, David Toms, Lor- raine Wall

General Manager Daithi Linnane

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