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Poll: Do you feel more optimistic about Ireland's future?

Barack Obama thinks that our country’s best days are ahead – do you agree?

US President Barack Obama gives a high five to a well wisher after his speech at College Green, Dublin.
US President Barack Obama gives a high five to a well wisher after his speech at College Green, Dublin.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

ADDRESSING THE IRISH PEOPLE during his state visit yesterday, US President Barack Obama said that Ireland’s “best days are still ahead”, and advised the crowds to pay no attention to those insisting the country cannot succeed.

As well as encouraging optimism for the future, Obama also paid tribute to Ireland’s past – underlining the nation’s influence on the United States: “Never has a nation so small inspired so much in another”, he announced.

But while the image of the most powerful man in the world downing a pint of the black stuff – or exclaiming “Is féidir linn” – would stir national pride in the heart of the most apathetic citizen, do you feel any more optimistic about Ireland’s future following Obama’s visit?


Poll Results:

Yes (772)
No (452)
I don't know (113)



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