Industrial devolution: The North's manufacturing future

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Harland and Wolff’s Samson and Goliath cranes on the Belfast skyline and Titanic workmen statue on the city’s Newtownards Road Pictures: Getty/Pacemaker Press

Landmark Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff is on the brink of closure while other titans of Northern Irish industry have already fallen. There are hopes, however, that a new focus on technology could safeguard the North’s economic prosperity

For as long as anyone can remember, Harland and Wolff has been a totem of Belfast life and an emblem of its industrial might. Samson and Goliath, its yellow cranes, stand proud and tall, dominating the city’s skyline and psyche in equal measure. Decades of gradual decline and its owners’ financial travails finally plunged the shipbuilder into administration earlier this month, stilling its towering cranes, perhaps forever. The day of reckoning came on August 6,...

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