Mary Kenny: Our boom and bust made the financial media take notice
Rarely in the history of the Irish State have its finances and associated politics been so closely monitored in the international media as over the past two years.
Ireland has become a major international financial story in a way it never used to be. That is particularly symbolised by the close attention that the 'Financial Times' has paid to this country, ever since the IRA ceasefire in 1994.
The Troubles ceased being the main Irish story overseas, and the development of the economy took centre stage.