Gene Kerrigan: Austerity doesn't work? No problem...
Destroying Ireland to save the banks, so the banks can save the country isn't working, writes Gene Kerrigan
It was a hellish year. Very little to remember fondly. Not a year we need to dwell upon. Yet, with the new year promising to be even more grim, are there lessons we might usefully remember from 2011? And what might those lessons be?
We learned, for instance, that things will be fine if we stay the course. As 2011 began, President McAleese told us she was keeping an eye out for those "green shoots of new beginnings". Later in the year, a young and rested 60, Mary headed off into the sunset, with a pension three times the salary of the average software developer.
The departing Cowen regime whooped that we were "on the road to economic recovery". Ministers of that government then retired in droves, while still relatively young, to spend more time with their vast pensions.