Our reputation has gone down drain with economy
Published 22/01/2011 | 05:00
HOW they used to preen themselves in the days of the Tiger! The second richest country in Europe, if not the world. The envy, and the teacher, of other nations.
These are the same people who have bankrupted the country and mounted for us the disgraceful spectacle of this week's shambolic events in Leinster House.
Of course it was all rubbish in the first place. Income and wealth are not the same thing. After the boom, after the crash, we have ended up poorer, not richer. Parts of our infrastructure have collapsed. Billions upon billions in bank deposits have fled the country, along with 100,000 of our best and brightest people. We could do with the one-and-a-half tonnes of gold allegedly stolen from Tunisia.