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Could Ireland’s economic boom lead to gloom?

Foreign investment has boosted our economy, but there is a risk that indigenous industry will suffer as a result

30th December, 2018

Is Ireland being slowly afflicted with a case of “Dutch disease”? This damaging sickness is normally used to describe a situation whereby an unexpected boom in one sector of the economy can ultimately prove to have a detrimental impact on the economy overall.

Its origins lie in the north-west of the Netherlands where, in 1959, the Dutch discovered the Groningen natural gas field. That field, the largest in Europe, was originally seen as...

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