The eco­nom­ics of a united Ire­land

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – Cor­mac Bourke’s views on how eco­nom­ics would play out in the event of a united Ire­land are wildly op­ti­mistic (De­cem­ber 5th). A with­drawal of fund­ing phased over 25 or 30 years, all-Ire­land EU mem­ber­ship and two be­nign ex­plo­sions in tourism, plus in­vest­ment gen­er­ated by in­ter­na­tional good­will.

What­ever about the pos­si­bil­ity of all-Ire­land EU mem­ber­ship, in­ter­na­tional good­will has rarely been so scarce.

Be­nign ex­plo­sions in tourism are lit­tle more than a pipe-dream, and what Si­mon Coveney be­lieves in is not shared by ev­ery­one in the Govern­ment.

Eco­nom­ics is not about sen­ti­ment, wish­ful think­ing, or lucky breaks. Un­less the fig­ures add up, and a ma­jor­ity in both parts of the is­land vote in favour of a united Ire­land, it will re­main an as­pi­ra­tion for na­tion­al­ists. – Yours, etc,

NIALL GINTY, Killester,

Dublin 5.

Sir, – Con­trary to the fears of the DUP, I sus­pect that most peo­ple in the South have what might be called an Au­gus­tinian at­ti­tude to the North, ie “Lord bring us a united Ire­land, but not yet”. – Yours, etc, FRANK E BAN­NIS­TER, Dublin 4.

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