The Irish economy ten years on. 2007 was the last of the celtic tiger good years, unemployment down to 4.7% of the population, over 93,000 homes being built, Fianna Fail in power, and Brian Cowan was driving the bus, the Galway races tent in full swing, then came the crash in 2008. First half of the year full of rumours, July and August political holiday, and bad news; words used like we never heard before, liquidity problems, bank guarantee, bond yields, bad debt and insolvency. The tax for our sorry state was 21.4 billion in 2008, by the end of 2008 the unemployment rate had soared to just shy of 16%. Ajai Chopra was appointed to manage our finances by the European Central bank. Jumping ten years on, the good times have returned or have they? Luke Ming Flanagan is burning a fifty euro note outside the financial center in Dublin’s Docklands (he was probably better to smoke it). Leo is now running the political show, and Michael Martin is extending the confidence and supply rope, maybe for two more years, the cliff edge the government is on could be tough with ten thousand people homeless. But let’s get real folks, the overall budget for 2018 is eighty thousand million, the unemployment rate is back to 5.2% but let the workers of Ireland not get carried away, the most you can hope for is a two hundred euro widening of the tax band in this years budget, because as a nation our debt is two hundred and five billion and to service that debt costs us nine point five billion, the same size as our education budget. So I suppose the decision not to burn the bond holders at every level was well founded (or was it)?