Wednesday 22 February 2017

Irish families -- the ties that truly bind us

Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00

Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas. As they enjoy the festivities, most Irish families will look back on what was by any yardstick an extraordinarily difficult year.

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The live register remains at close to record levels, with one in every seven workers being unemployed; the economic growth we experienced in the first half of the year has petered out; consumer confidence remains on the floor; while uncertainty over the future of the euro continues to mount.

However, by far the most remarkable thing about the past year is not what happened but what didn't happen.

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