Wed Oct 31st, 2012 at 12:54:05 PM EST
So the Central Statistics Office published its yearbook today.
The Irish Times lead is
A snapshot of life in Ireland as austerity measures to tackle the economic crisis took hold was revealed today.
The body of the article? Poverty, deprivation and worsening circumstances for almost everyone.
Austerity measures aren't working, can't work and the media don't even question them: the headline implicitly assumes their inevitability.