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Editorial: T2 jobs rush a sign of our new reality

THE news today that more than 15,000 people applied for just 500 jobs at Dublin Airport's new terminal is a graphic illustration of Ireland's new reality.

Almost 30 applications per job have flooded in since Dublin Airport Authority advertised the vacancies on its website in June and July.

For anyone over 35 years of age, it recalls grim memories of other times and other recessions -- but it will be a shock to the younger generation.

It is a stark reminder that, although we officially emerged from recession in the first quarter of the year, we have a long way to go.

Promising signs of green buds in the economy must be measured against the continuing haemorrhage of bank bail-outs and rising unemployment.

With 455,000 out of work, the government's urgent priorities must be keeping the jobs we have and creating thousands of new opportunities.