Thursday February 20, 2020

If things are as good as they say, why do we feel so bad?

International investors are enthusiastic about Ireland but, here at home, it feels flat. It's crunch time for the economy, writes Cliff Taylor.

13th January, 2013
Michael Noonan: sooner or later, our real economic performance is going to have to improve. Photo: Photocall

Take a cursory glance at Ireland last week and you could be excused for thinking that the country was on a roll.

The 'Big Mo' seemed to be with us. First the National Treasury Management Agency sold five-year debt at an interest rate cheaper than we are borrowing from the EU and IMF, and then investors queued up to buy special investment notes which the government held in Bank of Ireland. The government's goal of...

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