From where did our recent and famed prosperity come?
The truth is, it came from lots of sources.
And here are some:
Europe, who pumped in billions without which prosperity would not have arrived.
The efficiency of John Bruton’s government which, if it was still in power, wouldn’t have us in this mess.
Ray Houghton’s goal in Stuttgart to beat England.
Bob Geldof and his role in Live Aid.
Michael O’Leary and Ryanair.
Bailey’s Irish Cream.
The Royal Hospital
And even the Rosc exhibition
(and yes, I know they’re all Haughey inspired)
Low corporate taxes.
The US economic boom.
Peace, more or less, in the North.
Pope John Paul II’s visit.
The building boom.
The house price boom.
Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan and other blockbuster movies.
Greater access to third level education.
Jim and Peter Aiken.
John Fitzpatrick and his hotels in New York and Chicago.
The Cat Laughs Festival.
Oxegen, despite the spelling.
The Electric Picnic.
Vicar Street and The Point.
The ‘new’ Gaa.
A taste for wine.
And one thing that will kill it forever: