And crucially during the 80s we had our own currency. Now we have to borrow euros at interest instead of just printing punts to improve infrastructure, we can't borrow more than 3% of GDP to build social housing because of EU straitjacket rulesNot so , during the celtic tiger years when our GDP was at its peak , we had huge hospital waiting lists and people on trolleys waiting for surgery etc , as opposed to the 80s when GDP was much lower but yet these problems were not as bad .
this is because during the 80s , we had immigration control , normal immigration applied , thats what we need , normal immigration again , if you need someone's skills you give them a work visa as opposed to now where everybody regardless of your need for their services or ability to cope is allowed to pile into the country
and we can't ever devalue to increase the attractiveness of our exports.
The Euro and the EU are at the root of many of our problems including allowing lying saudi sponsored terrorist dickheads like Halawi and harati to travel here freely. Fine gael are no help either as they back the EU unaccountable corrupt scum to the hilt and when they are not busy doing that against the interests of the Irish people, they are busy doing sweet deals with the saudis to approve the building of more sunni mosques to put their little friends in and radicalise others and their kids in.