What matters most today is productivity and infrastructure. So far the management of the €40bn National Development Plan has been poor. Targets are being missed. Work isn't being done to standard.
I personally believe Ireland has become a Nanny Nation because its dependency culture extends from the individiaul to the corporate world, to major industries and into the government. All these people want the tax payers to bail them out when market conditions turn against them.
Companies that are considering Ireland as a place of operations needs to look at the costs that affect the bottom line--insurance, electricity and telecommunications all take a big chunk out of revenues.