Ok let me dispel your assumptions of the green high tech Ireland.
Its complete garbage, high tech Ireland laughing aloud and the sad thing is I am Irish.
Just over 12 months ago I finally got broadband after waiting 2 years.
Up until last year I had never used youtube.... couldn`t...56k connection.
Over 20% of our little country still has no broadband access of any type. Although some private companies "magnet" have begun rolling out fiber (24mb bb) in parts of the capital.
I have lived in the capital Dublin most of my life and now live an hour outside.
Most of our school system still have no computers....
We had a computer recycling program for business sending refurbs to Africa... Yesterday some really smart guy announced an amazing idea on TV we will take old business computers refurb them and give them to Irish schools....hmmmm wow guess the Africans won`t be getting anymore ancient PC`s.
I hate having to point this stuff out but hell we are allegedly building a knowledge economy. The government is up the creek without a paddle. The country built on property and nothing else.
National roads development (building plan) going ahead 23 billion euro - some schools have no computers others have computers (own fund raising) no teachers to teach computers. Educational spending being slashed.
Em did this very same scenario not happen in Finland, would it not be wise to follow there proven recovery plan invest heavily in education after all is education not essential to a knowledge economy?
The real answer why facebook came here and why any other foreign company comes here....Tax incentives - although listening to mc cain and obama I think that trip will be over soon. Didn`t Mc Cain mention Ireland in the presidential debate...emm doh..
Dell getting ready to jump ship, unemployment soaring, property plummeting, government run by PR people look we created 25 jobs last week while 2,500 people lost there jobs the previous week and 2,500 every week since the start of 2008.
Come to Ireland well a 24 mile square radius of Ireland anyways (24mb area) we have loads of readily available work force, trust me... but most of all we will give you the best tax incentives as soon as the free ride is up... well you can go somewhere else.... logical really.
If any country would like to invade feel free we have 4 billion barrels of untapped oil allegedly in our new international waters....shhhh...