Economic pessimism takes hold in the Republic…

Over at P.ie David has some figures from the Euro Barometer poll which show the lack of economic optimism in the Republic just now. It makes for grim reading:

14% of Irish people believe the situation for the Irish economy looked good, this is a year-on-year drop of 62% from 76%. The EU average was 29% (down 19), with the highest proportion being that of Finland, with 78% believing their economy looked good, Denmark followed with 70%.

Belfast in contrast has been given the title Paris of the North by Frommer’s travel guide… Though as noted on last week’s excellent edition of Let’s Talk, not much of the receipts from the massive inflowing southern retail spend will stay in Northern Ireland for more than 24 hours…

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