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.
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