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Don't Shoot the Messenger

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Some three years ago, I caused a real fuss at the Irish Software Industry's annual conference when I made a speech that pointed-out to the distinguished audience - including a Government Minister - some of the facts behinds the country's 'Celtic Tiger Economy' image.

Ireland had been described as a 'Software sweatshop on the edge of Europe' by one large vendor but I rather suggested that the real figures had been massaged to suggest that Ireland was a thriving software development economy on a par with Israel and India when the facts suggested otherwise.

Anyway, I see today that the Register publishes some sad news about heavy job losses at the Dell factory in a rather critical editorial:

"Dell opened its assembly operations in Raheen, Limerick, in 1991. They have lasted just 17 years before the Irish tiger was shown to be just another costly overfed western European tabby cat which could be replaced by a skinnier Polish moggy. It's probably only because …