Mods, I haven't noticed any thread very directly on this, but if there has been please feel free to add this to them!
OK, we got a LUAS, Terminal 2, The Aviva and the National conference centre, along with (what many see as an issue, better paid SW rates and a higher minimum wage than most!)!
But now with negative equity, being forced to pay for banks' issues, the Troika, having mispumped resources into building, the reappearance of food kitchens and banks, levels of personal indebtedness, a vastly more inflated and closeted (well overpaid! and over pensioned!) public sector, around 80,000 people running out of the place (mostly educated and or skilled, while our rubbish, who have never worked stay as SW is so much better for them here!) yearly, to name just a few big ticket items, it seems a huge price to pay for around 10 years of living in the sun!
How could it have been done differently (rem we don't control interest rates), did we get the worst ending possible! Would the Irish government and people love the insanity to restart tomorrow and feck the consequences for our grandchildren?
If Japan went through this boom and bust,and the UK, surely it is probably every capitalist economies destiny?
We had as I say a soft landing allright, - soft in the head!
Also how culpable are we, the Irish people (did we all party?), yes but there was those ESRI growth forecasts and a Prime minister telling the naysayers to go and commit suicide!