Don't be fooled by appearances - we are no longer a sovereign nation
Ireland is not really a sovereign country. It only appears that way.
Any country that is heavily debt-laden the way we are will not be truly free. Your first job is always to repay your creditors. You are working for them first and only then for yourself.
When the troika was here, our lack of economic freedom was completely obvious. We're regained a little more freedom since then. The Government can now play around with tax rates and spending a bit, against the advice of the Fiscal Council and the ESRI let it be added, but it had much less room for manoeuvre a year ago.