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    Marc Coleman "The Best is yet to come". Has anybody read this book, and if so what did you make of it?
    In the book he makes certain points such as

    1) We develop closers links with the diaspora
    2) Densify our urban areas
    3) Re-balancing the wealth of the provinces- Connaught in particular
    4) Develop a better transport system
    5) And doing more to encourage the development, and continuation of the Irish language and culture.

    The book has many other points. If you've read the book (or have heard about the proposals elsewhere), what did you make of the book- and its proposals and possibilities?

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    Did you check the date he wrote it?

    "Forget the Celtic Tiger; you ain't seen nothing yet"
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    around the beginning of last year I think (possibly January 2008?)

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    September 2007

    He's a bit like Brendan O'Connor advising "smart people" to buy houses at the start of the slide. Poor Marc still has a red face over that one.

    I can only speculate he probably started it in 2005 and dawdled over it for so long that he couldn't have picked a worse time to see it get printed.
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    I have. Now I weep.

    Seriously, post-celtic tiger Ireland sucks.

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    I have. Now I weep.

    Seriously, post-celtic tiger Ireland sucks.

    How's that for indept analysis?
    better than most in the media
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    what did you make of the Ireland reaching a population of 12 million+ by mid-century? Up from under 6 million today

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    or maybe more- not sure if the book meant an all Island population, or just that of the Repoublic

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    Quote Originally Posted by DS-09 View Post
    Marc Coleman "The Best is yet to come". Has anybody read this book, and if so what did you make of it?
    In the book he makes certain points such as

    1) We develop closers links with the diaspora
    2) Densify our urban areas
    3) Re-balancing the wealth of the provinces- Connaught in particular
    4) Develop a better transport system
    5) And doing more to encourage the development, and continuation of the Irish language and culture.

    The book has many other points. If you've read the book (or have heard about the proposals elsewhere), what did you make of the book- and its proposals and possibilities?
    The last 12 years of FF mis-rule has done very little to achive any of these 5 targets. Leadership during the boom with the ability to think through hard decisions, not the Bertie Bloat got us into the sh1te we're in now.

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    I'd say population is determined by economic prosperity and by that I mean a perception of prosperity among the wider population, not the D4 'intelligentsia' (pocket-fillers). And critically for Ireland the movement of said population from the country to the cities etc.

    I recall reading not so long ago that Ireland and Italy were the only EU countries with an expanding population of under 25's. I'd say that the current financial constraints will drop Ireland's native population off a temporary cliff.

    Strangely enough the fact that Ireland has say 1 million in a major city and three quarters of the rest spread around the country probably inhibited our technical economic development for a long time and this only began to ease during the Tiger years when we were dispensing tax honeymoons to light electronics assembly firms to locate around the country.

    In the post crunch world we may come to be glad of the urban/rural split in Ireland and we should really also be well set to meet emissions targets as they become reinforced in international law.

    The danger is that we may become, because of the desirability of Ireland as a place to retire for other Europeans such as the Dutch and Germans who live pretty much cheek by jowl in their countries, a kind of retirement home for wealthy foreigners and that brings dislocation and resentment in local areas. See Wales and the second home phenomena.

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