David McWilliams: Ireland is at risk of ‘Dutch disease’
We need the tech companies, but we must not let their interests supersede all others
The Return to Amsterdam of the Second Expedition to the East Indies, by Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom (1566-1640). Over the years, the Dutch built the most commercially successful economy in the world. Photograph: Phas/UIG via Getty Images
“If the Dutch lived in Ireland they’d feed the world, but if the Irish lived in Holland, they’d drown.”
This old joke came to mind when reading about Clontarf this week. Rather than address the fundamental problem of too many cars on the road at rush hour, Dublin City Council will seek to make the daily “traffic-jam experience” more bearable by lowering the sea wall to improve motorists’ view of Dublin Bay.