Taoiseach Enda Kenny insists that the focus of 2014 will be on creating jobs. The economy is moving back to some kind of normality, we are told, meaning that attention can now be given to getting people back to work.
Ireland's lingering mortgage crisis has rattled policymakers, infuriated the troika and dominated public discourse. However, there is another unresolved debt crisis out there - one that also needs to be resolved with urgency.
The world had months and years to prepare for the death of the most loved and respected man on earth, and yet the outpouring of grief, loss and gratitude for the life and works of Nelson Mandela these past days has been extraordinary.