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Who drove young people to drinking in the fields?
The tragic death of Caolan Mulrooney resulted in a humane call from his father Eugene on Morning Ireland that we need to help young people to drink safely.
The Whole Hog, 23 May 2012
Young people didn’t lead a crusade against young people being in bars: others did. It isn’t young people who call the Gardaí if a group of young people gather on a street corner; nor is it the young people who turn up in a squad car and tell themselves to bugger off or else they’ll be arrested under public order legislation…
And so on.
As regards both alcohol and young people, Official Ireland is preoccupied with public order and A&E excesses and therefore the public discourse and policy agenda are set by the Gardaí, public health temperance evangelists and former drinkers among the commentariat.
That being so, Official Ireland finds it hard to understand that it would actually make very good sense to have young people serving their drinking apprenticeships in well-run pubs. Of course, there’s always the risk that they might encounter bores and drunks, perhaps even off-duty members of the Garda Síochána giving bad example – but overall wouldn’t it be a great deal better than what we have now, where young people do all that learning out of sight and out of their minds, the blind drunk leading the blind drunk?