Bad news on the job front. Globalising pressures have led the Prudential to shift its Belfast business to Mumbai in India. It underlines the urgency facing NI business to hike the value base of its own local industry. There is no silver bullet to this. As the ESRI points out in its quarterly analysis, even the Republic is struggling to keep up its past phenomenal growth rate in exports.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty