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The long road ahead: what comes next for Ireland's labour market?

Five months ago, Ireland came close to full employment. Things have taken a turn for the worse since then, so will we recover? Sean Pollock reports

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'Nearly half a year ago, in a pre-Covid world, economists in Ireland warned that the labour market was in danger of overheating.'

'Nearly half a year ago, in a pre-Covid world, economists in Ireland warned that the labour market was in danger of overheating.'

'Nearly half a year ago, in a pre-Covid world, economists in Ireland warned that the labour market was in danger of overheating.'

As news broke on Monday of Amazon's latest "significant" investment in Ireland, the sighs of relief were almost audible across Government Buildings on Merrion Street.

With the IDA, Ireland's agency for attracting foreign direct investment, recently warning of challenges in attracting fresh investment to the country during the pandemic, the welcome boost of 1,000 "highly-skilled" jobs from Amazon showed that Ireland could still attract the world's most successful companies.

There was also more good news to come. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mike Beary, country manager for Amazon Web Services, confirmed the roles would not be confined to its new 170,000 square foot Dublin campus, or Cork. The latest positions would also include work-from-home opportunities across the country; a regional sweetener to an already tasty investment.