‘I’ve never made a plan about anything in life. You should always be open to changing things’

‘I’ve never made a plan about anything in life. You should always be open to changing things’

He chronicled the ups and downs of Celtic Tiger Ireland. Now, as the country appears poised to enter a new mini-boom, David McWilliams is back with another state-of-the-nation address, writes Nadine O’Regan

Not so long ago, David McWilliams was in Scandinavia to give a speech. There was nothing strange about that – the economist and entrepreneur gives speeches all the time – but he was feeling a little peculiar that day.

“There was no pressure,” McWilliams explains, sitting in his Dún Laoghaire home. “It was in Norway, speaking to Norwegians that you’ll never see again. I remember leaving the hotel and feeling a bit unusual. I got up to...

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