Thursday 8 December 2016

We need to start from scratch

Published 26/01/2010 | 05:00

If Ireland would stop yearning to be a "knowledge-led economy", full of puffed up twits in their 20s who actually have no sense at all, and tried building a labour-led economy instead, where people are made to feel proud of the skills they have and employed them on half decent wages to build this country, things might turn around. You have to start at the beginning, I'm afraid.

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For example, if Ireland were a house for sale on the open market it would have to come with the added caveat: "needs total renovation".

A survey might then read something like: "Immediate recommendations -- build 21st-century roads, build 21st-century flood defences for all towns and villages and cities, relay water pipes deeper, build a good public transport network."

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