Dan O'Brien: Taking stock of my 2017 New Year's Day wishlist
The year now ending was good in many ways and not so good in others - but it could have been much worse, writes Dan O'Brien
In this newspaper 51 weeks ago, my New Year's Day wish list included nine hopes for 2017. With just a week to go before the end of the year, today is as good a day as any to assess which of them have been fulfilled.
Ireland's economic recovery continues: Despite lots of risks and the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, the economy performed very well for the fifth consecutive year.
The most recent numbers on the economy were the subject of last week's column so I won't rehash them here, but suffice to say almost every indicator is pointing to healthy growth across the economy as the year comes to an end.