I wrote an article last week that was carried by Monday’s Evening Echo. The goal was to highlight some positive elements of the current economic situation. I must have been in a very good mood as I took this ball and ran with it. Some revised numbers have been released since this was written but, in the main, it holds up.
Reasons to be cheerful parts one, two and three
The Irish economy has taken a battering over the past four years. The unemployment rate has risen to 14%, the banking system collapsed with the crash in the property market and a €20 billion hole opened in the public finances.
These are all problems that will not be resolved easily. However after four years where the news was unrelentingly negative, we have had occasion recently where some positive economic developments leaked into news cycle. Here are nine that are worth recounting.