Liam Collins: ‘Meet Ireland’s ‘silver serfs’, whose job of parenting never ends’

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Liam Collins: ‘Meet Ireland’s ‘silver serfs’, whose job of parenting never ends’

Adults in their 20s, 30s and even 40s are still relying on their parents for help, be it financial, accommodation or childcare, writes Liam Collins


'These are just the obvious manifestations of a growing trend in Irish society, ‘The Silver Slaves’.'
‘These are just the obvious manifestations of a growing trend in Irish society, ‘The Silver Slaves’.’

Like a lot of things, you only really see them when you start looking. The older woman pushing a young child in a buggy; the grey-haired man waiting each day at the school gate; the elderly couple hanging around the shopping centre with a clutch of kids still dressed in their school uniforms, waiting until 5.30pm so they can deliver them back to their parents.

These are just the obvious manifestations of a growing trend in Irish society, ‘The Silver Slaves’.

This is a sub-group who have reached retirement age but are not getting to live the good life, because they have become the ‘unpaid staff’ designated to look after their children’s children.

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