March 2010: “Greece has a role model, and that model is Ireland” — Jean-Claude Trichet
December 2011: “As European leaders scramble to overcome the Continent’s debt crisis, many are pointing to Ireland as a model for how to get out of the troubles.”
March 2012: “Confidence is returning to Ireland and to Europe. The Irish economy is turning the corner. ” — Jose Manuel Barroso.
(Ireland recovers and recovers, P.Krugmanhttp://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/ireland-recovers-and-recovers-and-recovers/)
Yet, the evidence is mixed with unemployment at 14% and a very uneven economic recovery.
You can make your own mind up here: Irish economy summary.
You can always look for evidence that supports your opinions. But, it's a tough time for the unemployed in Ireland.