Abstract

I am not an economist, but what I have to say is very much in harmony with what we have heard so far. I come from Ireland, and my Irish bishop, when he was invited to speak at international conferences, always found it necessary to explain to the interpreters that when he said that in Dublin there were parishes with a 70 percent unemployment rate, the interpreters should not translate this figure as 17 percent. Interpreters could not imagine that within a successful economy like Ireland’s, there could be pockets of extremely high unemployment.