I'm not exactly a new user to the website, having lurked it the past few weeks and read the threads with interest whenever they turned up in Google search results and the like.
The 'Economy' sector interests me specifically and its been fascinating to see the spread of views on the future of the Irish economy.
From what I can see, Ireland's vital statistics this yerar have been like this:
Export growth of 9% on the same months last year.
Import growth of 6% on the same months last year.
Car-Sales growth of about 7% since the beginning of the year.
Overall retail sales growth of now 9.9% on last year(a six year high)
Jobs growth of 3.8% in the first quarter of the year. This is equivalent to the US generating 5.5 million jobs in the first quarter compared to last year. Not shabby.
An unemployment rate which remains broadly unchanged at 4-4.75%, with long-term unemployment a negligible 1.3% and a youth unemploymet rate of 5.9% the lowest in the EU.
The Industrial production/Turnover indices published by the CSO trade firmly above thetrend set in 2006, a year in which our GDP grew by 5.7%
Facts and truths like these have been routinely highlighted by on this site, and yet have been regularly ignored and attacked by some quarters on this site. I think this is unfair and call on posters to recognise the exceptional growth of our economy and to stop criticising posters lwho comment on that.