Irish companies laid off 6,337 workers last month, an increase of 123% on the year- earlier period, the government said today.
And the sobering bit:
Irish alcohol consumption declined 6% in 2008, the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland said in an e-mailed statement today.
Alcohol consumption in Ireland is now back to 1997 levels, the group said. The amount of cider consumed fell 11%, while liquor volumes dropped 7.7% and beer volumes fell 5%.