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At least the worst is over

THERE are green shoots out there. Those who want to see them can readily recognise them, while those who wish to deny their existence will.

But shoots are one thing. Budding and flowering plants are something else entirely.

Such colourful displays – technology and export sectors aside – are a bit off yet.

The Department of Finance told us yesterday that slower-than-expected growth means unemployment will hardly fall over the next three years.

We continue to be weighted down by this seemingly endless economic slump. The harder we run, the more we seem to stand still.

They always said it would get worse before it got better. At least now we can say that the worst is over. And that's progress and comfort of sorts.

Irish Independent