Belfast is booming, and not like it used to…

THIS is a big week for Belfast. Later this morning, the new Westlink junction on the Grosvenor Road opens – a major milestone in the upgrade to Northern Ireland’s most hated section of congested road. Let us know if it helped when you finish your commute to work! Then, on Thursday, we have the opening of Victoria Square – the huge £400 million shopping development in the centre of town. Let’s hope the reality of Belfast’s second Dome of Delight matches the hype for the shoppers. The impressive glass of the mall outshines City Hall’s old brass dome – and would have been unthinkable in ‘bomb city’ even 10 years ago.