"Michael Noonan said he is confident that 2013 will be a crucial turning point for the Irish economy.
"Deficits are going down, debt is becoming sustainable, and confidence is building up - so I think that there was a good end to the year coming into Christmas, there was a good start to the year in January" he said.
"I think while everything won't be sailing along in perfection in 2013, I think we'll look back on it as the year in which the economy turned and I look forward to very strong areas in 2014/2015" he added."
I wonder how long it will take for a poster to argue this outlook on the basis that he's "baldy".. But it's good to see some upbeat comments about the economy for a change.
2013 is to be a turning point year in this recession/depression depending on your point of view, and can be built on next year and the following one.
I also notice that the Indo (as opposed to the Sindo) has become increasingly upbeat too with recent features on inward investments and entrepreneurs.
So what do you think? Is the "back broken" of this recession? Is there finally light at the end of the tunnel? (and no I don't mean an oncoming train )