“If we try to ride out this recession as if it is not affecting us or shouldn’t affect us, then we won’t be competitive, we won’t be able to increase our exports, we won’t be able to generate the wealth to get us back on track," Taoiseach Brian Cowen, said in an interview with Hot Press magazine, which was published this week. “As I say, this isn’t the full process of adjustment by any manner of means.”