Higher taxes are coming. So is lower spending. Those two hand-in-hand strategies are the only way that Ireland can stumble out of a construction-fueled stupor or hyper-consumption.
While chatting with colleagues at work, it's inevitable that parts of the conversation deal with anger over using tax revenue to pay for banker's salaries. The lack of contrition from the banks has made the job of winning public support for responsible financing much more difficult.
But so does shutting down public services during an ill-advised day of inaction.