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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We must acknowledge British soldiers killed in the Rising

Republic owes it itself to engage with history in all of its complexity and nuance

As many as 125 soldiers of the British army died during the Easter Rising. They came from every part of Ireland, as well as England,Wales, Scotland and further afield. Men from Kilkenny and Armagh fought alongside those from Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.

Image: Grangegorman Military Cemetary, Dublin

British prosperity will drive our recovery

26 July 2015 by David McWilliams in the Sunday Business Post

I am on Shaftesbury Avenue in London, quite shocked. I have just put my card into an ATM to get £200 and realise that it has cost me nearly €300. I was aware that the British currency was rocketing, but this exchange rate difference is extraordinary and is brilliant news for Irish exporters.

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Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice 800 years later

Patrick Comerford – 3 May 2015

In the months to come, I can imagine history falling prey to people who want to claim that our democracy, justice and liberties owe everything to the “Men of 1916”. But next month marks a far more significant anniversary when it comes to understanding the political freedoms and the system of justice we enjoy today.

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> Magna Carta at Christ Church Cathedral

> Magna Carta Exhibition opens at Christ Church Dublin

Image: King John signing Magna Carta, an illustration from 1864 by James William Edmund Doyle.