Listening to the various pundits, it is too easy to see Ireland being touted as an economy, not a society.
Even as a capitalist, I can see that that is not beneficial to the country.
This treatment of the country as purely an economy makes for an unhappy, angry populance which makes it more difficult to sell to them, making sellers unhappy and making the Gov't unhappy with lower VAT reciepts.
Balance between economy and society is necessary but apparently the Irish don't do balance. As evinced by the building boom, etc.
The price of everything, the value of nothing.