You hit on a point I was going to raise. So I've ranted a bit on this thread but, you know, the first person I would point the finger at here - is me.
At the height of the madness, and after I had enough of trying to explain my view and being heavily patronized for it - I emigrated.
In one sense, I took control of my own destiny by doing that. But now I can see I was also taking an escape route that has always been programmed into Irish society for those who are ostracized/running away from themselves/need work/etc etc etc etc.
I should have stayed and fought? But then, that was 10 years ago. If I had stayed, I can see now "the Boom" and all that went with it would have steamrollered right over me. And still, I'm a part of the systems failure as anyone else.
Nah man, believe me after having had long enough away now for the rage to subside a little, I'm still left with the distinct impression that I totally wasted about a decade of my life banging my head off the cultural mores of Ireland. The place will never change, and even if all dissenters who have emigrated over the decades had stayed, we'd still only ever be 5 or 10% of the electorate.
It would have been pointless for you to have stayed, you would only ever have had to endure the sneering from the gobtard herd for your "crazy doomer talk", had to endure watching friends and family wilfully commit financial suicide despite all your warnings, had to endure listening to torrents of deluded drivel from every media outlet and in every single conversation, and would not have been able to change a damn thing.
It was all inevitable and would always have happened the way it did, and the presence of a few thousand additional dissenters would have made no difference at all, because the values and mores of the dissenters are simply too foreign and alien to the dominant sly grubby chancer peasant culture that has developed in the south over decades of FF's cancerous influence.