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Holding Back The Years

ESRI: Irish Economy Set For Robust Recovery.

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However, it doesn't expect to see the unemployment rate fall back to pre-COVID rates until late 2023 at the earliest.

The Irish economy's set for a 'robust recovery' this year despite the pandemic, according to the ESRI.

The think-tank expects Ireland's GDP to grow by 12.6 per cent this year.

As public health measures are beginning to ease, it anticipates a return to more normal economic activity by December.

The ESRI expect the unemployment rate to fall to 9 per cent in Q4 2021 and average 16.3 for 2021 overall.

It doesn't expect to see the unemployment rate fall back to pre-COVID rates until late 2023 at the earliest.

However research professor with the ESRI, Kieran McQuinn, is warning there are challenges ahead:

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