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Yearbook 1998

Ireland. According to Countryaah, growth in the Irish economy continues steeply and has been the highest in Europe for some years, this year around 10%. The "Celtic tiger", which I. received as a nickname during the good economic years, has not yet met the same fate as the Asian so-called tiger economies, which in 1997 were hit by major economic problems. A slight slowdown in the economy was noticed at the end of the year, but unemployment is still expected to continue to decline. gave tax exemption to the lowest income level in the country.

1998 Ireland

Many new jobs are created by foreign companies, especially in the IT industry, continuing to establish themselves in I., attracted by the favorable tax conditions. The availability of work is so good that immigration is now greater than emigration. Most are Irish who return home after previously being forced to emigrate to find employment, but a growing stream of young French, Germans and Swedes are now finding work in the Irish IT companies.

The successful peace process in Northern Ireland helped to strengthen the faith of the future in I. In the May 22 referendum, 95% of voters in the country voted yes to the new peace agreement, which is comparable to 71% yes votes in Northern Ireland who voted on the same day. Through this election the Irish made up their past and approved, among other things. that the country gives up its constitutional claims on Northern Ireland.

On the same day, in a parallel referendum, 62% of Irish people also agreed to the Amsterdam Treaty, which the EU leaders signed in June 1997. The result was surprisingly low in the EU-friendly I. - which can partly thank the EU's regional funds for the economic upswing in recent years - but the vote came entirely in the shadow of the historic referendum on the Northern Ireland peace treaty.

A new phase in relations with Britain began when the 30-year conflict in the Northern Province ended. On November 11, on the 80th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the 50,000 Irish soldiers who fell in the war were honored for the first time. The Irish who fought on the British side were seen as traitors to many countrymen, and many were murdered when they returned home after the end of the war.

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair was shortly thereafter invited to speak in the Irish Parliament and thus became the first British head of government to speak in the I Parliament. Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip also visited Dublin and was welcomed by President Mary McAleese. The Prince is the highest British royal who has visited Dublin since the newly crowned Georg V and Queen Mary came on official visit in 1911 when I. still belonged to Britain.

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