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Matt Cooper: Like in the past, we’ll need foreign capital to move the country forward

As we deal with the issues of this decade, it is extraordinary just how much of what brought us here has been forgotten or misunderstood

There was a significant lack of infrastructural development after the 2008 crash, which is why, for example, we still do not have the underground rail network in Dublin. Picture: Getty

It was this newspaper’s first editor, Damien Kiberd, who advised me as a young reporter nearly 35 years ago to always read the commercial property pages of the newspapers. “That’s where you find out what’s going on with power and money in Ireland, who has it and who’s selling because they need money or think the market is about to turn,” I remember him telling me. “Start there before you read anything else, and you’ll ...