There is very little difference between the economies of Ireland and Greece: both are on a slippery slope to disaster.
Neither is there much difference between the principal causes of these disasters – Political corruption and incompetence, massive tax evasion by the rich without consequences and the squeezing of ordinary citizens to pay for the whole rotten system.
There is, however, a huge difference between the reactions of ordinary citizens. A Channel 4 news report on Greek protests makes the point.
This is Greece, not Ireland. We the workers will resist.
We will fight; we will not accept the measures and that can only happen if we protest against them, not if we sit in our houses.
The Irish are still sitting in their houses – like sheep.