As the decade draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on the transformation in fortunes for Ireland over the last 10 years.
Since 2011, economic growth has averaged a spectacular 5% per annum – three times the rate in the EU. Today, there is a record 2.3 million people in employment and output per capita is amongst the top 10 regions in Europe.
The Irish business model has demonstrated its resilience, while a private sector that created 400,000 new jobs in this period deserves much kudos for playing such a seminal role in helping to turn around the economy.
On behalf of Ibec, I would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2020.