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Smoke from wildfires fills the sky over Pasadena in California (John Antczak/AP)

Smoke from wildfires fills the sky over Pasadena in California (John Antczak/AP)

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Smoke from wildfires fills the sky over Pasadena in California (John Antczak/AP)

Ireland is a lucky country. It’s not over-populated and over-polluted. There are no mega cities. The dogs don’t have rabies. There are truculent factions and criminal gangs, but not on the scale of even our neighbours. The average death toll by knife crime in London exceeds the suffering here through most of the Troubles.

The police are not vicious; you don’t have to fear that they will shoot you if you reach for your driving licence in an inside pocket. Our forests aren’t burning.

We have sectarianism, but it’s not nearly as bad as in many other countries like India, where it even presents the danger of escalating into nuclear war with Pakistan. All in all, things aren’t too bad.