"There were many developments all over the place: houses, buildings, different program. We did the same thing on Wall Street. This seems to be human nature. We have to overcome it," the 77-year-old busine4ssman and now diplomat told the Irish Independent.
"I knew coming here there was a problem with the economy. But maybe it was a little deeper than I thought," the had of Pittsburgh Steelers owning Rooney family said.
Still, Rooney sees hope for the Irish economy in part because of national leaders he views as being "capable."
And while he see 2010 as being another tough year, the ambassador is hopeful that Ireland will start making a turnaround similar to the one just becoming evident in the U.S.