Insight for Sunday 26 December 2010
Over the summer Insight broadcasts the highlight programmes from 2010 with in-depth analysis of topical issues
In this programme:
Until the global recession struck Ireland was held up as a shining example of how to run a successful modern economy.
But it has fallen harder than most during the global recession and last month it was forced to seek tens of billions of dollars from the IMF and the EU to keep its economy afloat.
Economics Correspondent, Nigel Stirling, lived in Ireland during the height of the Celtic Tiger boom. Before this latest crisis hit, he travelled back there to investigate what's gone wrong and what lessons there are for New Zealand.
First broadcast on March 21st 2010
Photo: An empty house - one of the three hundred thousand homes abandoned in Ireland because of the economic situation.