Ireland needs a dose of reality

The infusion of foreign emergency aid will help the country in the short term. But real change must come from the inside

Tish Durkin

Where am I living, Ireland or Ethiopia?

Actually, as officials from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union agree to inject this recently-rich country with more than $100 billion in emergency aid, it feels most like Neverland: a fantasy world overrun with boys who are determined never to grow up. But there could be a silver lining to the emerald isle's mortifying forfeiture of fiscal sovereignty, and a valuable silver lining indeed: it could force Ireland's leaders to lead.

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