RTE 1 / 14 A shopper sits at the checkout counter at a store in Cork, Ireland.
The Irish economy is still recovering from the financial crisis, but consumers are not yet fully recovered from the Great Recession.
This was highlighted last year when Ireland recorded its worst year on record for retail sales, and the Government has vowed to bring its GDP growth up to 3.5% in 2019.
A shover waits at the front of a supermarket store in Dublin, Ireland November 22, 2018.
Reuters 2 / 14 In the centre of Dublin, a woman is pictured on a walk in the city centre, October 20, 2019.
REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton 3 / 14 Irish shoppers queue for food and drinks at a kiosk in Cork’s Cork Street, October 19, 2019.(Reuters: Conor Murray) 4 / 14 Employees at a supermarket in Cork sell goods in a shop in Cork November 17, 2019 Reuters 5 / 14 Workers at a clothing store in Co Cork, Dublin, sell clothes to customers in October 2020.
Reuters 6 / 14 People walk past a statue of the goddess Aphrodite, who is believed to be the mother of the god Hermes, in Dublin’s Trinity College, October 16, 2019 AP 7 / 14 An employee walks past a sculpture of the Goddess of Truth in the Irish Embassy in Dublin November 19, 2018 Reuters 8 / 14 The entrance to the Irish Consulate General in Dublin is seen November 17.
REUTERS /Cathal Connolly 9 / 14 Members of the public watch as the sun rises over the harbour in Co Dublin November 15, 2019 REUTERS 10 / 14 Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern (R) stands in front of his portrait of former prime minister Enda Kenny in Dublin on November 10, 2019 after Ahern announced the end of his tenure.
Reuters 11 / 14 Students walk past graffiti reading ‘I Am Irish’ at the entrance of a school in Cork September 19, 2020.
REUTERS 12 / 14 Customers wait to pay at a convenience store in Kildare Street in Cork on September 13, 2019Reuters 13 / 14 ‘A big part of the economy has been driven by the people who bought into the myth of Ireland as a place where you can buy the things you need to get by in life,’ said Paul Ryan, chief executive of the National Retail Federation, in an interview with RTE.
‘This has now become the new reality in the last few years.
It has really been the new normal for Irish people in the past decade or so.’
(Reuters: Tom Quinn) 14 / 14 Dublin’s city centre is seen from a balcony on November 21, 2020, a week after a massive police operation was launched in the country’s biggest city to stem the spread of the virus.
Reuters 1 / 13 A shoemaker is pictured at the bank in the centre to pay for a payment at a bank branch in Dublin October 15, 2020.(Reuters, Conor Murray/Pool) 2 / 13 Customers wait for a cashier to collect their payment at an ATM in Dublin September 20, 2020 Reuters 3 / 13 Employees of a clothing company shop in Co Mayo, Co Dublin, October 12, 2019, on the outskirts of the city.(Reuters/Cath