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Keen to learn: Pupils at a primary school in Pikine, Dakar, Senegal. Photo: SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

Keen to learn: Pupils at a primary school in Pikine, Dakar, Senegal. Photo: SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

Keen to learn: Pupils at a primary school in Pikine, Dakar, Senegal. Photo: SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

As the date for Brexit looms closer, there is widespread speculation about how it will affect Ireland's fortunes. Even far away in Australia, there is regular reporting about the challenges and choices for Ireland.

But whatever happens next, there is one big reason to be optimistic about Ireland's prospects as Europe emerges from this turbulent moment. Ireland is a dynamic, progressive, rightfully proud and vibrant nation. The world looks admiringly to Ireland for what it has achieved and what it represents. As a country, Ireland embodies hope. Economically, Ireland has over the last several decades built a highly productive workforce that is a key pillar of its impressive economic growth.


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