David McWilliams: The fall of the Berlin Wall led to the rise of Ireland
After 1990, Ireland recorded the fastest economic growth of any European country
Germans celebrate as the Berlin Wall is opened in November 1989. Had you asked which countries would benefit most from the collapse of communism, Ireland wouldn’t have featured. Photograph: Patrick Piel/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
There’s something exciting and substantial about Berlin. The city exudes history. Bismarck and Hitler are here, but also Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg and Angela Merkel. Political decisions taken here often have a far-reaching impact.
In terms of ramifications, who would’ve thought that one of the standout beneficiaries of the fall of the Berlin Wall would be Ireland?