Irish families -- the ties that truly bind us
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.
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.