In favour of a more realistic recce of Ireland in the world, here;s the the head of the Lex column at the FT Robert Amrstrong in conversation with his colleague Oliver Ralph talking about how well Ireland is doing, and what the medium term dangers might be.
More specifically they talk about the reality that without an Irish central bank to vary interest rates upwards to lower the risk of overheating.
However the 3/4% growth rate at the moment is by and large helping to make up the ground lost over the last seven or eight years.
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