Could free money be the simple answer?
In the poshest hotel in Dublin last week, they told me that they had practically 100pc occupancy the night before. And they have been fairly full for much of the summer. "It was like someone just turned on the lights about eight weeks ago and said to people, 'it's okay'," someone told me. And indeed the lights are on a lot around Dublin - new restaurants, new cars coming out the wazoo. Property booming, unemployment down.