Sean Whelan: Growth, Greece and the new normal

After six years of brutal recession, things finally looked up for the Irish economy in 2015

27th December, 2015
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T his was the year when the feelgood factor became palpable at street level in Ireland. When belief in economic recovery began to overtake disbelief among the general population. When the positives outweighed the negatives in public discourse.

And it was a year that ended with GDP growth heading for 7 per cent, government debt likely back in double digits, unemployment below 9 per cent, and the Federal Reserve feeling confident enough to lift interest...

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