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Bobby Kennedy

GDP: the unsophisticated measure of a nation's health

Ireland's economy is now growing at its fastest rate in seven years, according to the latest Quarterly National Accounts. The figures, published by the Central Statistics Office, show the economy expanded by 7.7 per cent in GDP terms in the year to the end of June. But where does the GDP concept come from and what is actually measured?

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The Queen's Speech, Dublin, 18th May 2011

The Queen's Speech, Dublin, 18th May 2011

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh made a state visit to the Republic of Ireland from 17th May to 20th May 2011, at the invitation of the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. It was the first visit by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since 1911 and the visit was seen as a symbolic normalisation of British-Irish relations following the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. She delivered a widely praised speech on May 18th at a reception in Dublin Castle.

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