Monday 22 January 2018

There may be safety in numbers, but we're a long way from 'normal'

STICK with the herd. That was my advice back in the early days of the bailout. A small vulnerable economy dare not become isolated, anymore than a small vulnerable animal out on the plains.

Several big beasts of the herd were in town last week for the meeting of the European People's Party group in the European Parliament. Of course, they could have held it anywhere – even in Athens – but there was still a distinct feeling that Ireland was again trotting along with the rest.

Mr Barroso, president of the Commission, even said that Ireland was again a normal country. It was easy to agree with him, as they all swirled around the glitzy convention centre, and easy to forget that the centre, for all its charms, encapsulates much that was abnormally worst about the property mania.

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