Economic Meltdown appears to have been averted in the 2010 Budget but this is small consolation for those of us in the private and public sector who now are bearing the brunt of the severest budget in living memory. The worldwide economic community appear to be full of praise but the reality is we, the Irish Nation will have to live with reduced incomes, strikes and reduced living standards for at least the next three years
The only positive aspect of all this is, that good or bad news what ever your perspective we at least now have direction and from here action can be taken. From an oft heard maxim, fear causes paralysis, action cures fear.
Perhaps at this point we may see a move towards job creation as the economic fire fighting that has so long been a feature of the governments performance in the past two years may soon move into positive decisive action that will encourage investment and bring us back to some semblance of order and perhaps to a new economy that leaves behind the pursuit of property as an end in itself and back towards an econmy that relies on Irish knowledge, skills and talents that brought prosperity in the recent past.
But perhaps this time we will remember what and who brought us today to the situation we find ourselves in as a nation and perhaps next time round we will be weary of sweet promises of today that bring a bitter tomorrow from those we previously regarded as the pillars of our nation