“We’re fighting for our economic lives.”

Mick flagged this up in advance. It is somewhat of an ambush, and Irish Junior Finance Minister Martin Mansergh does have a valid point about being questioned about a specific case without knowing all the relevant facts. But his reaction.. Anyway, listen out for his comments about funding of projects in Northern Ireland. There’s also a priceless moment when he reaches for an example of North/South co-operation and plucks his borrowing of an expert from the NI Department of Finance [We have experts there? – Ed] Apparently so.. Oh, and there may be times when cross-border competition is desirable. From tonight’s Hearts and Minds, here is the interview of Irish Times journalist Margaret Ward and Minister Mansergh on the state of the Irish economy. Adds Margaret Ward’s account of the interview.