Yes, they have done the State some service
The spoiled rich are gone, but without them we'll notice a bit of a culture shock, writes Brendan O'Connor
Well, miss-ion accomplished. We didn't want rich people and now we don't have them. They are either broke or gone.
Take a stroll down Shrewsbury Road. You won't see big For Sale signs there, but a number of houses on that road are for sale in some shape or form. And some of them have been for sale for quite a long time. Because, let's face it, who's going to buy those houses from the rich people only other rich people? And there are no rich people anymore. And the only ones there are, are selling, not buying. There is more chance that you will see our moneyed class at the departure gate for the flight to Zurich than in leafy Dublin 4, or the Golden Mile of restaurants and pubs around Stephen's Green.
The signs have been around for a while. Do you remember when Dylan McGrath shut Mint? McGrath was a very high-profile chef, and when Mint closed it had just attained Michelin star status. But McGrath couldn't keep it going.
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