Last Saturday many of us opened our eyes, realised that he was gone, and felt a little flat.
There were one or two slightly churlish articles in the Irish press about our American visitor. And let’s not get started on the sour grapes in elements of the British media. Yet, the truth is that the majority of us, young and old, rural, and urban, threw our lot in behind Joe Biden’s visit.
Of course, it’s debatable that headlines always give the comprehensive story. The news cycle tends to deal with the day-to-day, eliding long-term positive patterns.
Last Wednesday theled with a mood-boosting article reporting that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that Ireland’s economy will power ahead in 2023 and 2024. Irish GDP will grow by 5.6% this year and then expand by 4% in 2024.
It was reported in March that Irish unemployment dropped to a new post-crash low of 4.3% causing chief economist for Grant Thornton Andrew Webb to comment, “The unemployment numbers provide yet more encouragement that the economy is weathering the challenges presented by inflation and doesn’t appear impacted by the tech jobs slowdown.”