Bruce Arnold: Ten wishes for what will be a difficult year ahead
I preface these aspirations by saying that 2011, under the combined administration of Fine Gael and Labour in a powerful coalition, has turned an important corner.
It has established sound government, given clear political leadership and made an effective start on reform and change. The Government has not done enough but the start made is reassuring.
The disaster that preceded this is becoming a dim but still bitter memory. It created massive problems and left us stripped of sovereignty and of real wealth. Yet one of the good results, a year ago, was that a spirit of recovery and unexpected determination emerged and will underpin what we do in the coming year.