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I worked in Ireland in the 1980's and can assure that bad and all as things are now, things were an awful lot worse then, and worse again as you go back into the 70's, 60's, and 50's. Anyone who thinks that Ireland has been run into the ground since the 1980's obviously didn't live here then.  

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:41:31 AM EST
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Well, it's a work in progress. Let's wait and see what the Irish economy looks like in 2012.

As for prior to the 1980's, of course, so many were leaving, so the old model was very bad too. Just supplanted by a beeggar-thy-neighbour policy ever since, which in turn shows itself to be much (though not all) of a house of cards.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Mon Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:52:59 AM EST
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