James Downey: Let us defy the odds and prove that we're neither coarse nor docile
IN SEPTEMBER 2007, the German ambassador in Dublin, Dr Christian Pauls, made a speech in which he called Ireland "a coarse place".
An interesting date. Throughout the summer of 2007, many thinking people had fretted about our politics, our economy and our society and cleansed themselves of the Celtic Tiger euphoria. They thought the ambassador was dead right, and said so.
One year later, the crash came. Among those who lived here through it was a German journalist, Anke Peters.