‘Generation What?’ documentary, RTÉ

Generation What? airs on RTÉ tomorrow evening. I was interviewed for this new documentary about millennials (18-34-year-olds) and the factors shaping their lives. The documentary comes out of a European-wide survey in which the same questions were asked of all participating countries, allowing for the results to be compared country-by-country. You can find the results here.

Ahead of tomorrow’s broadcast, there is an article in today’s Irish Independent that quotes me:

Dr Ciara Meehan, an expert in modern Irish history, said several key factors have influenced the minds of this generation. “I think a lot of the big changes date back to the 1990s. If you think about the legalisation of divorce, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the election of Mary Robinson as the first female President of Ireland, and the Good Friday Agreement,” she said.

“This millennial crop is the first to be completely immersed in digital and social media, and as a result of that they are much more globalised citizens than previous generations.”

You can read the article in full here.

Published by Dr Ciara Meehan

I am Head of History and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire. I am the author of 'The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-1933' (Royal Irish Academy, 2010) and 'A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987' (Palgrave, 2013). I also co-edited 'A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s' (Irish Academic Press, 2015) and 'Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century' (Palgrave, 2017).

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