Opinion Brendan O’Connor

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Life's not perfect, but a bit of confidence is a big plus

The recovery kept going all right and everything is better for many now — but it’s all arriving just that bit too late for Enda Kenny, writes Brendan O’Connor

They're back: Cranes as seen from the sixth-floor balcony at the New Central Bank building on Dublin’s North Wall Quay last week are one of a number of possible signs that the recovery really has kept on going, as Enda Kenny has always insisted. Photo: Frank McGrath
They're back: Cranes as seen from the sixth-floor balcony at the New Central Bank building on Dublin’s North Wall Quay last week are one of a number of possible signs that the recovery really has kept on going, as Enda Kenny has always insisted. Photo: Frank McGrath
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Norwegian Air announced flights from Ireland to New York and Boston last week. The first tranche of 5,000 flights sold out in six hours. Norwegian Air thinks it's their fastest launch sale ever. Admittedly this first tranche were at a knock-down price, but still, we can only assume that a lot of them were sold to people who decided on impulse to take off to the US, or people who were thinking of a trip and took this opportunity to commit. There's no doubt that things like this give us the heebie-jeebies a bit. We still look back and laugh nervously at that era when Irish people would fly off to New York for the weekend with empty bags and come back with the same bags full to bursting with stuff from Woodbury Common Outlet village or Macy's, justifying it by saying that the savings on the jeans paid for the tickets.

If that gave us the heebie-jeebies, what about people queueing overnight to buy houses in Portmarnock? That would give you the full-on willies.

The CSO's basket of goods used to calculate the consumer price index was updated last week. It seems that having gone off the menu in 2012 along with fine wines, Champagne is now back on the shopping list for Irish people. Craft beers, which ain't cheap, now constitute a significant enough part of the weekly shop to be included now, too. There's a category for large TVs as well now, and our new ways of eating are represented by hake, avocado and sweet potatoes being added to the list. Remember these decisions are not made by the CSO in an arbitrary fashion. They add them to the list because this is what Irish people are buying.

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