790,000 people living in poverty
80,000 needed food parcels last year
700,000 waiting for hospital treatment
3,826 children homeless
"Average" house price in Dublin €384,000
Then you have all the bad debts, increasing inequality (ensured by FGFF), increasing taxes, increasing crime, Brexit problems, and so on. You don't seem to realize that the Catholic Church no longer has any influence, let alone dominance. Do you think the people in power now have a moral compass that the bishops lacked in the old days? Are you imagining that after a generation you'll return to a spanking new, progressive, prosperous Ireland? God bless your optimism.
15 Jan 2001 -- Fine Gael pledged to end fluoridation because of "serious health concerns".
The people who are actually in charge of descision making, particularly in socio-economic matters, are still all of the older indoctrinated conservative Catholic mindset. It hasn't been anywhere near long enough for the virus of Catholic social conservatism to work its way through the system. Especially given they still have a lock on schools and hospitals and the Depts of Education and Health are notorious for being heavily infiltrated by priest-licking bead-rattling Believers on a mission from Jebus.
Whats wrong with wearing a Liverpool or Man United jersey . We see people wearing Irish jerseys everywhere.