The Pope’s Children tomorrow…

David McWilliams is bringing his fascinating snapshot of prosperous Ireland (thanks TCL) to the screens of RTE 1 on Monday evening. HIs bestselling book, The Pope’s Children is a fascinating mash of economic and demographic metrics, sociological insight and lively contemporary anecdote of a country that has changed out of all recognition even (and maybe most especially) to its own citizenry. Whereas the book was mostly upbeat, McWilliams has been brooding on the potentially flimsy base for the Republic’s new prosperity.

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