David McWilliams: Why Ireland will recover faster than others

State has had the most stringent lockdown and will have the most effervescent upswing

Long Hall pub: We should radically change our licensing laws to make it easier for venues to accommodate the surge in “going out’ demand.

Long Hall pub: We should radically change our licensing laws to make it easier for venues to accommodate the surge in “going out’ demand.

It may be difficult to imagine but there are significant grounds to believe that the economy will recover quickly from this trauma, and there are strong reasons to be optimistic that the eye-watering budget deficit, a cause of concern to many, will narrow, on its own, with no need for austerity.

Structural trends in our society as we adapt to new ways of working will enhance productivity, because of the end of the enforced commute. From a productivity point of view, commuting is dead time and dead time is dead money. This, too, will change.

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