5 years ago when I had no responsibilities there wouldnt have been any argument in the world that would make me even consider leaving Ireland. Now with 2 small kids, I would probably consider somewhere like Canada if the offer presented itself.
We bring in more money than I ever expected to earn and yet never seem to be able to get ahead. Stating that to anyone seems to be met with "sure arent there people worse off than you" - which is true of course, but is that now the standard we should all work towards?
We made the choice to buy a house and to have kids knowing theyd have to go into creche, no one forced us - but to me they are pretty basic choices that shouldnt be this hard to maintain from a financial / quality of life perspective. I dont see that changing any time soon, and having recently written to my TD and gotten a response Im surer that it wont. Irish politics seems to be forever limited to short term reactive measures.
So while I wont be rushing to book a flight, I get where the OP is coming from.