The pain and hardship will be worth it
Hope of a recovery in 2010 is well-founded after the whole nation pulled together last year, writes Willie O'Dea
EARLY last year I wrote here that: "The stark reality is that nobody can say with certainty how long this recession will last. Neither can they say how deep it may go or what its impact will be."
No one can claim that we sugar-coated the nature and extent of what we were facing into. But while we were direct and forthright in our assessments of the difficulties we faced, we were also clear about our plans and our underlying strengths. These worst fears were avoided by taking tough and unpalatable decisions.
These were not just the decisions taken by the Government, but those taken by countless business managers and individual families across the country.