The Staggers 31 March 2011 Does Ireland have a future? RSA hosts debate on Ireland’s precarious financial and political situation featuring the <em>New Sta Print HTML Ireland was hit hard by the financial crisis. The Celtic Tiger crumbled and those who had praised its rapid, unsustainable growth, such as George Osborne, were left looking foolish. An IMF and EU bailout followed and the nation that had fought so hard for its independence once again found foreign powers dictating its affairs. The New Statesman's editor, Jason Cowley, today chairs a debate at the Royal Society of Arts in central London on Ireland's future, featuring Maurice Walsh, the current Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. The debate will consider whether mass emigration and economic stagnation are sending Ireland back to its past. For more information, go here. › In this week’s New Statesman: Who are the English? From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?