Economics: institutions, borders, norms and sentiments do matter

Tom Healy, Director NERI

by Tom Healy, Director NERI (Nevin Economic Research Institute)

There are only five ways to avoid a further hardening of the border on the island of Ireland:

  1. The United Kingdom does not leave the EU – after all.
  2. A united Ireland within the UK and outside the EU is agreed.
  3. A united Ireland outside the UK and within the EU is agreed.
  4. The EU breaks up and/or there is an Irexit in which case Ireland and the UK are free to negotiate whatever bilateral arrangements suit them.
  5. Some special status is agreed whereby Northern Ireland remains within the EU and the UK.

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Robin Bury Book Launched

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A new book, Buried Lives, the Protestants of Southern Ireland was launched recently in Dublin.

Review by Eoghan Harris in the Belfast Telegraph

Review by Brian Kennaway in the News Letter

> Interview with Robin Bury in the News Letter

> Review by Kim Bielenberg in the Sunday Independent

The book can be purchased from The History Press, and other outlets such as Dubray Books, WorderyAmazon, and in eBook format from outlets such as WHSmith.

9781845888800

Book Cover Picture: The History Press
Event photo: Ashleigh Ekins

Debate on the battle of the Somme at Irish embassy

Interesting debate on commemorating the battle of the Somme with comments on how commemorations were much more inclusive for 1916.

Ireland – 1916 and Beyond: The Somme

Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Andrew Murrison MP and Dr Catriona Pennell speak about the significance of the battle of the Somme in an event at the Irish Embassy in London on Tuesday 14 June.