It's a funny old festive season to be going back to Ireland. The Aer Lingus cabin crew are in good spirits despite their uncertain future. But then you land in Ireland and find everyone's trying to be good-tempered despite the massive uncertainties here.
Landing in Dublin Airport you can see signs of construction outside the aircraft and then you realize it's just the airport. Outside the airport the giant cranes are stilled.
It's as if the past 10 years just didn't happen.
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