The Brittish have just chucked the baby out with the bathwater! Scotland potentially could split from UK and lots of talk now of border poll... Who knows where we end up... Two years of guaranteed uncertainty with article 50 being triggered and many more as fallout of UK exit impacts UK and Irish economies? Do you know what proportion of our exports go to the UK? Sir, we are royally screwed... These are now the fundamentals! This is the quagmire irish compsnies will have to navigate thru!
Only spent time in Belfast this time, where I was able to see for myself that life is rolling along pretty much as usual. They mostly seem to be driving pretty decent cars - but I suspect that they are taking advantage of the low interest rates and the fact that you can now run cars "on tick" - so much a month after a deposit is paid.
I was however able to canvas opinion among the academic community and some of our separated brethren one of whom spoke at Martin's funeral. Managed a few gargles and paid for it today on the course - whilst I was bathing my gums I took the chance to ask for a view of the future amongst the company in the bars that I visited.
They all seemed anxious to remain in the EU - which is what they voted for - one or two suggesting that if Scotland gains admission following their second referendum - Northern Ireland would wish to go with them, which seems very sensible to me.
They all seem to feel that Grand Britannia has seen its best days and will find it difficult to create enough employment of a worthwhile nature - because employment opportunities will only occur where employers can recruit people with sufficient education and work ethic to justify the investment.
House prices are rising, certainly around the Ormeau Road, where they have gone up by more than 50% in the last eighteen months. I know the weather was beautiful and everything looks good on a fine day but I am still left with the impression that the province is in a much better place now - if only they can get the assembly running again.
There seems to be a much improved community engagement now, whilst it is still not all beer and skittles and the 12th still comes around every year the north is making progress which is more than can be said for the footsie.
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