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David McWilliams is having a go, this week, at those who are predicting that another recession is around the corner. He says he believes the 1998-2014 boom-bust was a one-off. "When you boil it down, Ireland suffered because we had all our eggs in one basket: local property, banking and credit. There is not much evidence that this is the case today," says McWilliams.
In his London Letter on Thursday night, our man in London Denis Staunton has some advice for politicians in Dublin; they would be wise to enjoy their holidays, hold their nerve and allow events in Britain to take their course, writes Staunton.
But there's plenty to be thinking about on home turf, if they find that they get bored. Take the housing crisis - it hasn't gone away just because the sun is out. On that issue, Conall Mac Coille writes that a convenient scapegoat has been found to blame for Ireland’s dysfunctional housing market; namely foreign institutional investors, accused of driving up rents and outbidding first-time buyers. "These accusations are false," says the writer.
Meanwhile, Catherine Cleary reviews two establishments this weekend, and wonders are they the two best cafes in Dublin - one is tucked under a railway bridge and another in an old cinema projector room. She says they are making Dublin "better from the inside out".
And Trish Murphy this week answers a reader who finds that nobody likes them, especially at work. In her "Tell me about it" column she has some wise words for the reader who says they "have no idea how to make or keep friends and for my whole life I never have."
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