John Walsh: It’s time for us to clarify our place within the EU

Contrary to some reports, our country is far from a failed state, but it’s vital that we develop a coherent national identity within Europe

The housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing the country but Ireland is not unique in terms of a dysfunctional housing market. Picture: NurPhoto/Getty Images

Every time there is a crisis of whatever nature in this country, the default rationale for a sizeable slice of the population is that Ireland is a failed state.

This country’s past is indeed a source of shame. Ongoing revelations about the mother and baby homes are testament to decades of state-sponsored cruelty and neglect, a shameful legacy that modern Ireland has sought to be open in dealing with.

There has, however, been a number ...