Palest of green shoots

Just in case you didn’t know, the NI property boom (RIP) has earned BBC network attention.

Apart from Newry, Londonderry and Lisburn, the fastest-rising house prices of all were in a county whose name had been associated for three decades with army watchtowers and the hard men of the IRA.

Perhaps the fall in bottoming out – just like the recession itself?

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London