Saturday November 28, 2020

The economic cost of Henry’s handiwork

Ireland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup after the controversial draw with France last Wednesday could cost the economy up to €500 million.

21st November, 2009

Ireland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup after the controversial draw with France last Wednesday could cost the economy up to €500 million.

Industry figures said the team’s elimination - following a handball by French captain Thierry Henry which led to France scoring -would have wide-ranging effects on everything from travel agents to sports shops and pubs.

Using a conservative estimate of two million Irish people spending an average of...

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