It is no urban myth - Ireland demands different leadership
Our population has become more urban than rural, and so our politics must change radically to reflect this
It seems to be academically fashionable to criticise Ireland's achievements since 1916. Critics fall into two camps - those who preach 'could have done better' and those who seek to diminish any achievements as 'same as all the rest'. There may be some truth mixed into these approaches - but some truth is not the whole truth.
For a start, while a century is a long time on a human scale, three generations is a short time for the institutions of culture and government to develop. In 1963 John F Kennedy described the US as "a young country and an old democracy" - so by his reckoning a nation twice as old as ours is young.
Not only is Ireland young - but during the period since its birth Ireland has experienced one of the most fundamental transformations that any country can experience, namely changing from being a rural to an urban society.