Name - AWAAF
Sex - Male with Wife and 3 young Kids
House Buying Status - Bought my current home in 1998. Previously had owned an apartment (There was a 2 rung ladder in those days).
View on Irish property - When the dust settles, I don’t expect to have any (Real terms) capital gains on my 1998 investment in shelter/proximity to family/work/friends etc. In “hindsight” this is a little surprising but not necessarily so with “informed hindsight”. Either way my investment continues to provide shelter/proximity to family/work/friends so I consider myself lucky.
View on the private sector - Have worked in Private Sector, have worked in Public Sector in very temporary capacity, now work in a relatively senior secure (-ish) Public Sector position. I took a significant drop in income to join Public Service but since then PS salaries have risen (as has been well documented here) and salaries in the area I work in (IT) have stagnated.
In my experience of both Public and Private sector many myths gain legs (possibly based on isolated anecdotes). Nonetheless there are practices in both sectors which should be changed.
View on Ireland - A lack of a Strategic focus (maybe with the exception of a few periods since 1922) leaves us in a dangerous position. I have no doubt we have talent to address this but will the problems be addressed? - I don’t know!.
Would I Emigrate? - Did so in the 80’s. Never considered in for 20 years until recently!