Thursday 24 May 2018

Only time will tell if blueprint is genuine vision or a work of fiction

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the Cabinet meeting and launch of Project Ireland 2040 at IT Sligo. Photo: James Connolly
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the Cabinet meeting and launch of Project Ireland 2040 at IT Sligo. Photo: James Connolly
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

When I left Dublin to live in rural Co Donegal in 2012, the country was in the grip of a major economic crisis. Moving to one of the most beautiful but geographically peripheral parts of Ireland, visible signs were all around of the crash and the financial pain it caused people.

Businesses and shops were closing. Unemployment was high. People were not spending money. A new wave of youth emigration had begun.

The last six years has seen massive change in the economic fortunes of the country and there are very positive signs of improvement in our area. But there are real challenges too.

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