Thursday February 20, 2020

Violence flags trouble for North's economy

The events of the past month threaten to wreck recent successes in boosting employment and tourism, writes Peter Geoghegan.

13th January, 2013
Images of loyalist protesters in Belfast have grabbed international attention, much to the frustration of the tourism sector. Photo: Getty

Our Time, Our Place was the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's slogan for 2012. Last year saw the opening of the £97 million Titanic Belfast visitor centre and record numbers visiting the Northern capital.

But in the wake of more than a month of protests and increasing violence on the streets, fears are rising that international investors and tourists could decide that Northern Ireland in 2013 is not the place for them.

Images of loyalist rioters - many...

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