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# Optimism

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# Your Say
Poll: Are you more hopeful for Catholic Church after Visitation findings?
The Vatican-sent panel of Catholic officials say that there are “signs of hope” for the future of the Church here. Do you agree?
# Optimism
Noonan says Irish economy could "take off like a rocket"
Ireland’s economy has become more competitive, the finance minister says, and is ready to take advantage of any good turn.
# Optimism
Champions League progression 'difficult but possible' - Drogba
The veteran striker says the club have the potential to advance to the quarter finals of the Champions League.
# Health
Pessimism about health could lead to shortened lifespan
Those who are more optimistic about their health could enhance their life expectancy – while their more negative counterparts may die earlier.
# Optimism
Enda Kenny: Irish people are pragmatic and understanding
The Taoiseach speaks bailouts, treaties and markets…in the snow.
# Optimism
Ireland the only EU country where business sentiment is up
An international study from Grant Thornton reckons Irish businesses are far more optimistic about 2012 than they were for 2011.
# Salaries
One in five expect salaries to rise in 2012, says survey of professionals
Only four per cent of business managers fear redundancies, says the study which shows increased optimism.
Column: This is a difficult time for the Greens - but we have reasons for optimism
The Green Party has a lot of work to do to regain the trust of voters – but Irish politics needs our voice, writes new Chairperson of the party Roderic O’Gorman.
# Optimism
Consumer sentiment shows surprise increase in October
Irish consumers became more positive in October, apparently finding more reasons to be optimistic about the economic outlook.
# Optimism
The human brain 'rejects' negative thoughts
About 80 per cent of us are hard-wired to see events through rose-coloured glasses, according to new research.
# Optimism
Watch: David Wallace, Joe Schmidt and Neil Francis look ahead to Australia match
Injured flanker David Wallace is among those who have been sharing their thoughts ahead of Ireland’s crucial match with the Wallabies.
# Optimism
Road-map to victory: 6 reasons Ireland can win the World Cup
Hey, why not? Here’s why Declan Kidney’s men can claim the Webb Ellis trophy in New Zealand next month.
# Optimism
Trapattoni focuses on positives following Slovakia game
The Italian also indicates he is unlikely to consider playing James McCarthy for the team’s upcoming game with Russia.
# Stock Markets
Israeli stock exchange opens down 3 per cent - and closes positive
If the world’s markets move like the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange did today, it’ll be another few chaotic days for investors…
# Optimism
Europeans feeling more optimistic than they were last year
Latest Eurobarometer survey shows that people are feeling more upbeat about taking control of the economic crisis – but the Irish are one of 13 nations who worry about the impact on jobs.
# Optimism
Given sees Ireland's star potential
Shay Given believes that he and Alex McLeish can help Stephen Ireland rekindle the sort of form that saw him named Manchester City’s Player of the Season in 2009.
# Your Say
Poll: Has Election 2011 left you feeling better about your country?
As the results roll in, are you on a high, or experiencing Post Traumatic Election Disorder?
# Deficit
Ireland's deficit will be largest in eurozone for 2010
Figures released by Department of Finance show forecasts for state income and expenditure in 2010 and 2011.
# Optimism
Ireland: Good for a holiday, and good for business
The Emerald Isle is popular both with readers of Frommers travel guidebooks and the World Bank.
# Optimism
Euro rates boost Irish exports
Irish Exporters’ Association says exports for the third quarter were up almost 10% on last year’s figures.
# Optimism
"Well, that's my Newsweek subscription cancelled"
Magazine’s nod to Brian Cowen as one of the most respected world leaders is generating a huge amount of negative interest.
# Optimism
Top of the class for Cowen
And the country isn’t doing too bad either – according to Newsweek.
# Optimism
Central Bank: The forecast is good
The Friday feeling hits the Central Bank.
# Optimism
Things can only get better
Consumer confidence levels at level not seen since 2007.
# Optimism
Hey Ireland, you're looking pretty attractive!
A new report from IBEC says Ireland is in favour for international business.
# Optimism
Banks not withholding credit from SMEs - report
AIB and BOI submit SME lending plans.
# Optimism
IDA: 'One of the best years on record'
As Brian Cowen visits the US, the IDA have said this could be a great year for investment to support enterprise development and job creation.