One of the world's wealthiest countries, Ireland is a base for dozens of major multinationals that have turned the country into a major exporter of software, services, medical devices and pharmaceutical agents. The 2008 economic recession battered the Irish economy, but it recovered soon after. Today, the Catholic-majority nation is rapidly adopting liberal values, from gay rights to abortion.
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