May 6th, 2012 by Conor McCabe
The ‘good tiger/bad tiger’ analysis that’s embraced by large sections of the Irish Left - that the initial growth was caused by an increase in foreign industrial jobs, with the second wave a property bubble - simply doesn’t stand up when you look at job growth in Ireland during the period. But it is supported despite the lack of evidence. God knows why as it’s a right-wing myth. The graph here is employment growth in Ireland, 1990 to 2008, figures from Forfas.