This site is full of threads and posters with completely diverging opinions and agendas, as you would expect, but the reality is that our deal with the Troika is fast approaching it's end, Euro and global growth is finding it hard to get out of the traps, we're still over-budget on current expenditure and our public sector is (maybe rightly) refusing to bend over and take pay cuts.
Most people, and especially our very blinkered politicians who claim not to have seen this coming, don't seem to be able to look beyond a strategy completely dependent on either the good graces (more lending) or the good fortune (growth) of other nations and we don't seem to have our OWN plan for our OWN situation - we're like a cork bobbing in the current - completely out of our own control and at the mercy of our surroundings.
Is there any example of a country coming back from this level of debt under its own steam, or are we basically heading towards a far more unpleasant future? If so, what do people predict this future will look like? I'm not talking about 2 - 4 years down the road with little skirmishes still occurring in the Dail between pseudo-left and pseudo-right (but all populist) parties taking turns pretending to be in charge, I'm talking about when the piper calls looking for payment.