Ireland is boomin’

You know sometimes what we talk about is a little abstracted from the general public. When an economic boom hits the average Joe Q. Public so that everyone is talking about it – it must be real. My wife coming back from Brazil spent five hours or so in the Toronto airport and struck up a conversation with a 4o something couple from Ireland. Without prompting, the woman launched into a monologue about how Ireland was just ‘boomin’ (and it was quite amusing to hear my wife, a Brazilian, trying to imitate an Irish woman, but I digress).

So she, my wife, informs the Irish that her husband is fascinated by the Irish economic miracle and in fact was in Ireland three years ago to study the phenomenon. And so, by proxy, my better half engaged in a blog-like conversation with a couple of average Irish citizens just thrilled to be in a growing and dymanic country that was once the eyesore of Europe.

Ireland 30+ years ago was the out-migration centre of Europe. It was the poorest performing economy in the EU. One might say it was the New Brunswick of Europe (I know I now call Portugal the New Brunswick of Europe but I am not the most creative person around).

So, I wonder, in 30 years, will New Brunswick couples, beaming from ear to ear, talk about how New Brunswick is boomin’ or booming, eh?

The reforms in Ireland started in the mid 1970s, folks.

Time to get crackin’.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    We’ve been through this before, but no doubt there are new viewers to the blog since last year so I thought I’d add a couple of comments.

    Remember, the Irish Economic Miracle happened when it joined the European Union. Special concessions were granted in order that it wouldn’t stay a european backwater. Those taxation concessions are now running out.

    The European ‘federation’ unlike the Canadian federation, is actually interested in helping other areas of europe. In fact, as economic growth in Germany and France has proven, they are even willing to help out poorer nations even when there is a cost to themselves.

    So people need to understand that this wasn’t Ireland ‘pulling up its socks’, it was a central authority that granted it special considerations in order that other european nations wouldn’t forever be paying it pogey.

    Keep in mind, that Irish ‘miracle’ certainly doesn’t benefit ALL the irish. There is still plenty of poverty, and far stricter regulations. I know of Irish people who have flocked to Canada because “Ireland is no longer Irish”. That’s not racism, it means that Ireland has basically mimiced american society, and increasingly is getting similar problems.

    If you go to many of the cities in Canada you will find the same economic miracle. There are cities in Ontario where you won’t find poverty at all. But then there are some where its rampant. Many cities in Ontario are growing so fast that growth is now the central problem.

    That’s not to say that there are no policies that Ireland has that can’t help New Brunswick. There are tons. In fact, even though municipalities have no real powers there are things they can do as well that they’ve never even tried.

    Perhaps its time to revisit some of those ideas if an election really is in the works.

  2. David Campbell says:

    I hope you are not saying that the Irish consider “Angela’s Ashes” to be a depiction of the golden age of Ireland. I can guarantee that if New Brunswick turned its economy around and if it created new economy industries and ‘boomed’, there would be whiners. By the way, this Irish couple told my wife that they are seeing more and more Brazilians moving to Ireland. Go figure.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That’s not surprising, there are also more Brazilians moving to Canada. That’s typical of upper middle classes in developing nations, they want infrastructure, services and don’t want the rampant poverty and environmental devastation. They also have the means to get out. Immigration certainly isn’t designed for the poor of any nation-otherwise every nation in the world would be primarily african, indian and chinese. As those countries do better, thats exactly what we are finding.

    Angela’s ashes is a novel, but likewise not many irish harken back to ‘the good old days of british rule and the famine’-unless you are british aristocracy.

    It does a serious disservice to any ideology to label people as ‘whiners’, isn’t that exactly what you are doing? As we discovered when we brought up the Residential Tenants Act and discovered that rooming house tenants have no rights at all (keep watching your local media, the legislation is not yet ‘in place’ and the latest incident has a man evicted because he is gay), people who ‘whine’ usually do so with good reason.

    People can’t forget that this isn’t about statistics, its about making a good life for each and every person. Otherwise, you can look at any rampant poverty and call the people ‘whiners’. As we know, Irving is quite happy, and labels all people who disagree as whiners, the latest are those who dare question the LNG deal.

    The point is that, first, there needs to be a federal component to economic development. The question as to how it can be attained is always open to question. Here, some history is useful because many things have been tried before.

    Provincially, there are tons of ideas that can be pursued. I suspect the election, as usual, will be run on one or two issues, while the rest are ignored. Its up to us to ensure they are not. This is where it is important to be politically active, because if a party sees an idea getting widespread support,they are sure to adopt it.

    But without joining the EU there is only so much the province can do. It’s very true, that its time to ‘get crackin’, that means looking at the specific policies and making them a public issue during the election. Or else spend four more years whining in the wilderness.

  4. David Campbell says:

    I mean no offense with the term ‘whiner’. I whine about the need for economic development. I’m just saying that in heaven there will be people pining for the good ol’ days of debauchery and raunch.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh hell, if thats what you mean then we need a whole new definition. If heaven is actually singing hallelujahs and orchestral concerts, give me the raunchy fires of hell anyday! Overall in this world I don’t know of any rampant free market nations that I would put anywhere near calling ‘heaven’. Norway is practically state solid controlled, and theres a reason they are ranked number one. Give me that over the US any day.