Ireland at home and away
• Last week I had the pleasure of meeting two senior German EU officials.
Very quickly they started to eulogise about Ireland and how the Irish Government was dealing so successfully with its bailout programme. They were highly impressed with Enda Kenny's 'Time' magazine appearance and later his 'European of the Year' award -- just verification of his status, in their view.
I felt obliged to give some balance, citing official 15pc unemployment with real unemployment probably of the order of 25 to 30pc but for the 80,000 young Irish forced to emigrate annually.