Michael McDowell: The island of Ireland is a tale of two widely differing economies

Michael McDowell: The island of Ireland is a tale of two widely differing economies

Last week’s Brexit hype reminds us that, in fiscal terms, North and South are still very different

The hyping of Europe and Brexit issues has reached new heights with the suggestion that a minute to be adopted in the Brexit meeting of the 27 member states represents a major or even significant achievement for Ireland or for Enda Kenny. The very idea that Northern Ireland, were it to vote for a united Ireland, might not be allowed to become part of the EU is ridiculous; so formalising in a Council minute the obvious truth that it could, or would, become part of the EU along with the rest of Ireland in the event of unity is hardly an earth-shattering event or, for that matter, a crowning moment in the Taoiseach’s career.

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