Tuesday 21 November 2017

Martin Shanahan: We can achieve prosperity only by working with others

IDA chief Martin Shanahan. Photo: Mark Condren
IDA chief Martin Shanahan. Photo: Mark Condren

Martin Shanahan

Since Dr TK Whitaker first began persuading others of the benefits of open trade in the late 1950s, Ireland has set out its stall as an outward-looking open economy.

At its most basic level Mr Whitaker's approach has delivered the prosperity that has allowed the Irish population to increase from 2.8 million in 1961 to 4.8 million today and have almost 200,000 people employed in overseas companies across Ireland.

Since Mr Whitaker's time in the Department of Finance, successive Irish governments and, I believe, the Irish people have understood that on a small island, we must export and attract investment in order to earn our living, and that we can only achieve prosperity in co-operation with others.

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