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Irish Economy in Post-Recovery Stage

Irish Economy in Post-Recovery StageIrish Economy in Post-Recovery Stage

The economy is in a strong position and has moved into a post-recovery stage, with households clearly benefiting from rising incomes—according to the latest quarterly economic outlook from business group Ibec, RTE reported. It forecasts growth of 5.7% this year and a buoyant consumer economy growing by 2.9% in volume terms. It added there is little sign of this consumption being driven by the excess credit of the boom years and as the economy approaches full employment, the biggest challenge facing the Irish labor market will be finding workers to fill vacancies. However, in its assessment of the economy, Ibec also warns against complacency on the competitiveness front “at a time when external threats are increasingly likely to materially impact on our growth. As the economy comes close to capacity and navigates significant challenges to our external environment over the coming years it is important we make the right decisions to protect our indigenous industry”. Ibec Head of Tax and Fiscal Policy Gerard Brady said “the economy is growing, trade remains robust despite Brexit, and households are clearly benefitting through incomes which are increasing at the fastest rate in Europe.

 

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