David McWilliams: Ireland is at risk of ‘Dutch disease’

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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

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.”

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