- Jul 26, 2007
BBC News - Viewpoint: Ireland's robust economy knocked off courseImages of people riding on donkeys or begging, together with one-sided dramatised narratives about young people leaving the country (our population has continued to grow well into the recession) may boost viewership, listenership and readership figures.
But they convey an image of Ireland totally at odds with the reality of a country that last week was voted by the UN human development index as the world's 5th most desirable place to live.
While government and media have played a role, Ireland's current crisis is fundamentally made up of two interacting components - a fiscal crisis and a banking crisis.
We were three weeks away from solving the former by ourselves when doubts about the latter - the proverbial "Father Niall Horan" in this story - hit us for six.
A year ago, such an event would not have brought Ireland closer to the UK: then-Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy's reference to Ireland as part of an "arc of insolvency" had created too much bad blood.
David Cameron's government is a different affair.
Ireland will never leave the euro (at least as long as it exists).
But this week's events could result in Ireland taking a more cautious view of Europe, and a more positive view of Britain, in the future.
The comments under the article are interesting too.