Northern Ireland ahead of Wales

Wales is the poorest region in the United Kingdom, according to the “latest” figures from EUROSTAT. It seems that Northern Ireland’s per capita GDP in 2003 was greater than Wales and the Border, Midland and Western region of the Irish Republic. While the Border, Midland and Western region came in with GDP at 92.5% of the European average and Wales with just 91.6%, Northern Ireland registered 92.8%. The Southern and Eastern region is where the wealth is now concentrated in Ireland with 149.2% of the EU GDP average, which manages to drag the national average up to 134.1%, but even that pales into insignificance compared to inner London with a whopping 278%.