Jim Power: The people now have to choose how to keep the recovery going
The country faces one of its most important elections - one that could put the recovery in danger, says Jim Power
It is probably a truism to suggest that every election is the most important in a generation, but one does get a very strong sense that General Election '16 genuinely fits the bill. Ireland's economy and society have come through an absolutely horrific period since 2007 during which massive pain has been inflicted on the vast majority of the population.
Thankfully, over the past couple of years the situation has started to gradually improve and, despite what some might suggest, the recovery is becoming more real and more broadly based. However, there is still a distance to go to address the legacy issues from the period of boom and, more importantly, from the subsequent bust.
It was never remotely likely that Ireland would bounce back immediately from such a calamitous collapse and that all of the problems would be solved overnight.