The path to Irish freedom

Viewed from Washington, it's hard to believe the Ireland depicted in the film The Commitments even existed 15 years ago.

7th January, 2006

Viewed from Washington, it's hard to believe the Ireland depicted in the film The Commitments even existed 15 years ago. When the 20-somethings depicted in that movie discussed career opportunities, the inevitable question was: “When are you going?’' As in: to the US for a job. Not any more.

Instead of double-digit unemployment, Ireland imports workers today. Instead of little or no growth, Ireland's growth outstrips world averages. The ‘sick man' of Europe...

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