Securing Fairness and Wellbeing in a Land of Plenty 2005- A Ten Year Agenda

Posted on Monday, 15 June 2009

Securing Fairness and Wellbeing: A Ten Year Agenda Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds

Much has been achieved on the economy over the past decade. This

has led to a situation where Ireland’s position on international league

tables has been transformed. Economic growth has been remarkable.

Between 1993 and 2001 the annual real growth rate of the Irish

economy was twice the average recorded over the preceding three

decades (8 per cent a year compared to 3.5 per cent a year in the past).

These days it is averaging about 5 per cent a year. Over the past decade

the Irish economy has significantly outperformed the EU average and

continues to do so.

Both employment and unemployment have also changed substantially.

Unemployment in 1987 was in excess of 15 per cent. Today it is just

over 4 per cent. While this is still a challenge that requires specific

policy initiatives, it is fundamentally different from the situation faced

in the 1980s.