The old northern narrative that the Republic got rich purely on the consumption of large grants from the EU is long since busted, though sadly that is probably more true to Northern Ireland’s Peace Process’s bias towards short term ‘keep the peace’ projects which by and large confer limited lasting value for the local communities invested in. Reuven Brenner with a breezy account of how they did it, and why being a favoured destination for ambitious immigrants is good for the country.
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