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Everything you mention is 100 percent right, you’ve got Sen. Harte and government reps blaming others and you’ve got the SF representatives coming out with statements and that’s it. Statements will not change the situation action will, fair play for writing the letter
im just back from a stint in oz.. its great for him to be able to speak his mind and portray his views however he is now in Australia and his views no longer are of relevance as his vote is no longer legal as the irish law prevents one voting outside of state… man u want to change ireland stop complaining and come back to ireland to fight for work instead of chatting bout it in the sun..
Im just back from oz.. this is the biggest load of waffle ever…. im 30 years old single have no kids.. qualified .. travelled the world few times over and i have returned to donegal because there is a demand for work…. i under stand why he wanted to leave but now he gives out about the bus service etc that has been pulled… that is all true and well however no matter where he is he can complain and object but uless he is here for an election its null an void.. i decided to come back here and voice my opinion and try and stay… work and make a difference but for some it seasier to speak with higher voices abroad than sit with us hallowed ones here..
100% agree with you, great post.
“demand for work”……i’d love to know were abouts in Donegal this is happening because i am job hunting and can’t find a thing…uless its to do with computers,I am not qualified in that area..
You are lucky. And stay there, please.
thats great that u are doing well, what do u suggest for us to get out of this
Are you homesick already? If you thought Donegal was that bad…it’s only a matter of time before Aussie gets that bad!
What ever happened to being proactive…optimistic and even realistic?
Home is home for me, my attitude differs. I returned to college and retrained and was fortunate enough to sustain full time, permanent employment in a job I love! Money’s good and life is good. My family and friends are here, Donegal means everything to me.
Oh and by the way I spent 3 months in Oz 8 years ago…I bloody hated it! The money was crap, the hours were long, the heat was unbearable, the Aussie’s annoyed me…life was depressing away from Donegal.
God’s honest truth is sometimes hard!.
As an Australian, let me welcome you to the ‘lucky country’ where we have the same silent tongues and our society is being torn apart. Politics, on both sides of the globe, is the same.
At least the weather’s better on Oz. How funny then that I should want to live in Donegal…
I agree with you man ,I returned to donegal after 18 years abroad ,I can’t understand the mentality of the people here ,they sit in the kitchen every day listening to the radio with the stories of people ,the few that are brave enough to speak up ,and they lement about how bad things are with the system ,but will they speak up in protest .NO ,they turn off the radio and wait for the next story tomorrow and if you mention that they should stand up for themselves or vote against the wrong they think that if they do they will be shunned or struck down and never get anywhere ,I hate that I had to leave years ago but I’m glad to be back ,and hopefully some of the lads leaving will grow up while working abroad like I did and come back and take over this county for once and for ALL .
How do you propose to change things in Donegal? I voted for Pearse and Pringle in last election cos the rest are useless but no change forthcoming so far. Far too many quango’s and semi state nonesense in this county udaras included. But where to start hey!!
I’m sorry but that’s an awful letter. He’s whining for the sake of whining….throwing out randomly vague complaints without any substance whatsoever.
no digital service in a ‘year or two’? try three months. at least be accurate about what you’re complaining about, when you do actually make a point.
random jargon. ‘political systems are wrong’. what exactly does he mean here? nothing at all to say here when he does go to the bother to ‘rant?’
‘I’m sure a few will mind the famine’?!! well, I’m pretty sure noone will be alive to ‘mind’ it but I would like to think a lot more than ‘a few’ will be aware of it.
pointless letter, which is sad, because, in principle, he could have had a very good letter, worthy of reading, if he had did a bit more work in putting it together. and, dare I say it, make a few valid points. there’s certainly plenty of material out there he could have used.
@ writer. Ironically the people you are addressing are people in your shoes up to 10 weeks ago before you went away. There are people who have a voice here or are pulling up their sleeves or using initiative, and are making a difference, like the Betty Holmes, like the young brothers in Donegal Pens, like the start ups such as Watson Menswear, the lads in Evolve, endless endless more. Unfortunately our demographics don’t suit us and yes politicians are obsessed with the media and sending tit for tat press releases into the likes of Donegal Daily. But it is the test of us with will and want that are not in politics and are left at home who will have to pick up the pieces and work hard and worry for a few years yet but we will get there. Buy Irish and support your local retailers everyone. It all helps. good luck to all ours people on Aus and the likes. Ye are from good stock!
Donegal is a lovely place to live but our td’s and senator’s should be fully qualified in finance and business to be able to understand what they are supposed to be doing. That is a big problem in this country.A government elected in because they have the gift of the gab rather than proper qualifications. There should be a minimum level of educational standard for these jobs, then maybe we will have less of the waffle and sniping we hear from politicians every day and see constructive change. Wake up people please and get rid of the wasters that have been pulling the country down for decades.
I returned to Donegal after been away for 17 years, 8 of those spent in OZ and I’m glad to be back home. People are too negative in this Country, monaning all the time and don’t realise how well off we are here compare to some third world Countries where I have visited and that really makes me appreciate what we have here in Donegal!! so young man you have alot to learn and it took me 17 years but Donegal is the most beautiful place on earth and in time you will craving to return here! mark my words.
What a load of self indulgent rhetoric. Pure waffle is right.
I agree that this is a pointless letter. I am from Burtonport and live in outback Queensland where I got married 6 years ago and started a new life here. I love it here but Donegal will always be my home. I never set out to permanently leave home, I went backpacking pre GFC days for a year with all the intentions in the world to return to Donegal to live. things don’t always work out as planned. Every day I read about the crap the government are putting people through at home and all the other problems. I also read about those that aren’t just sitting around waiting for a change but starting things. In Burtonport the new visitor centre and Railway walk are examples of people at grass routes boosting their community.
I don’t want to sound like the person who wrote this letter telling people what to do from the other side of the world I just want to acknowledge those doing good things at home. This letter righter will soon find that Australia has plenty of restrictions of its own and his new found “freedom” will be short lived. The politics is not much better here either.
The grass is always greener…..time will tell.
I started reading that letter thinking it would actually be worthwhile….Next time try and give an opinion or suggestion on something, not just your problems in a whining letter.
There was only one thing that wrecked Letterkenny lad greed by speculators mostly from outside of it and banks that were wreckless with other peoples money.I wish you all the best in OZ but remember this Donegal is a great county and its people are second to none when it comes to generosity and supporting one another we will survive this recession and come out of it an even stronger people.As a native of Letterkenny I have voiced my discontent not just now but during the years of the mad building programme and will continue to do so.We still have lots of young people from around the county employed here in our town and long may it last as I hate to hear of others who are not as fortunate having to leave.Finally as a first hand observer of how the economy was abuse the government anf opposition should be looking at why we have so many natives leaving our shores while so many others can afford to come here and live comfortably of the system.
Townie, your last point is well made but you will not hear any politicians or public representatives or people asking why our people are leaving while we take 70000 people into the country last years, and many more thousands this year already, there is something wrong some where but dont expect the fools and cowards in ireland to raise this issue.
Lads,he’s only stating his feelings…and he’s entitled to both his feelings and opinions. He’s obviously hurt by the fact of his previous situation at home and is now welcoming his new adventure and foreseeable future…I’d doubt very much he was thinking on cold, hard and definitive facts when I think it’s again obvious he “penned” this from the heart. I can totally understand the emotion he is feeling as someone who has been living in Australia for the last 5 years. Ádh mór to him
Re. James best post. Home is Home Our TD,s senators And local councilors wrecked our towns
county and Country by Greed but we just have to stand up to them now and get this great we County and Country back on its feet again.
The people who stay in Ireland are the ones who will get it back on its knees again.
When Ireland is back on its knees again the people who deserted the country will come back but if it falls to its knees again they will desert it once more.
The people who are born, live and stay in Ireland are the future of this country not the deserters who leave and have no room to talk about the country they left!
Kelly Kelly Kelly, I’m sorry, I have to disagree… I personally hardly deserted the Country when there were damn all jobs in the Country for what I do and there still isn’t. What would you have me do? Work in the bog, join the dole queue? Catch yourself on. I have every right in the world to talk about my Country, it’s not yours or mine, Ireland belongs to the Irish people (and hellooooo, guess what, I’m an Irish citizen just like you). Sounds almost Hitlerish to be honest. By the way, you might to read up on anatomy. “When Ireland is back on its knees”? Don’t you mean feet? Something tells me you don’t know your arse from your elbow but sure that’s only an opinion from a so called deserter.
@Érin go Bragh
Ireland has to get back on its knees first before it can get back it its feet.
And yes you too have deserted the Country, if everybody did that there would be no Ireland to come back to as there would be nobody here!
‘I tried harder than most’
What’s that supposed to mean? Do you think that nobody else tries hard.. Get a life.
Ammm… Yeah,he did get a life Paul and it just so happens to be in Australia?? Typical begrudging Irish culture,can anyone not be happy for th lad?
Thats not called getting a life its called running away from home.
When things don’t work out in Australia the people who left won’t be long crawling back again to Ireland.
You do know that if one is out the Country for more than two years that one can not claim dole once back in Ireland until they have been resident in Ireland for two years.
A lot of returning Irish deserters have been caught out by this and did not bother reading up about these things before packing their bags for aboard.
Here we go again KellY. At first I thought you were just another begrudging, small minded,hold on to Mammy’s skirt person…but now…well now,I just think you’re a moron to be honest?!? It would be a terrible world to live in if God forbid you got to run it (which I think in your little brain you’d probably like to do). Wow,you got some facts about the Irish dole,I both not only know about this but also welcome it…(shock,horror) Are you once again encouraging me to come back and go on the dole or are you now telling me exactly what I’m been saying to you?? Let me reiterate… Now stay with me here… I’ll talk slowly… “There…are….no…jobs…at…home…for…my…occupation”. I hope this finally sinks in,give it a couple of hours,you’ll finally get there…ah bless ya!
People are using no jobs as an excuse for emigrating.
There are jobs you just have to look and if there are no jobs for your occupation then upskill.
Kelly you really are sad I’m sorry. Upskill??? My spidey tingles tell me I’m probably more skilled than you are, why would I “downskill” to join you? Haha, you are funny, I’ll give you that. Just do us all a favour, never leave, stay there please. The World needs it… no, the World demands it. Ahhhh, it’s been fun, catch ya later Kelly the Comedian, over and out.
@Érin go Bragh
I think you might need reading glasses as i never said downskill i said upskill.
Don’t worry i have no intention of deserting my country.
Funny how your name is used to express allegiance to Ireland and is most often translated as “Ireland Forever.”
Thats a bit hypocritical considering you are on longer in Ireland….
@ Erin go Bragh
I have been reading you and Kelly go tit for tat. With those silly child like comments I wouldn’t be giving you a job.