Ireland - a multicultural economy
To many outsiders today looking at the Irish econOlny the question on their lips is how can it be such a success? However, probably a nluch nl0re interesting question is why did it stop being a failure? When looked at in the context of its 80 years of independent existence the success is clearly very recent. Even in the early 1990s, official reports were still being published considering the source of the country's weak economic perforrnance (Mj0set 1993). Since that date a large literature has grown up about the success.