Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Top economist backs all-Ireland economy

You may remember a post I made a while back based on this article by respected economist Douglas Hain who argued that a United Ireland was economically viable. Recently, British Secretary of State Peter Hain said that the North's economy was "not sustainable in the long term" and stated that it would become increasingly difficult to look at the economy of North and South except as "a sort of island of Ireland economy", much to the chagrin of unionists. Well guess what? Yet ANOTHER top economist has backed an all-Ireland economy.

Stephen Kingon, managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Northern Ireland, told a meeting of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body today said that he believes that better co-operation between North and South would benefit both economies.

Some details on Kingon:

"Kingon is one of the top economists in Northern Ireland. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and the Institute of Management Consultants, Kingon is also the chairman for the Centre for Competitiveness and Economic Development Committee of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and he serves on the Northern Ireland Economic Development Forum and the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland."

Hey, he might have a surname that resembles a race from Star Trek but the guy seems to know what he's talking about!

I personally welcome increased economic integration north and south. It's time we tackled sectarianism on this island of ours and got down to the nitty-gritty details of the United Ireland argument - making Ireland prosperous for everyone on the island and improving the standard of living for all Irish people.

"It's the economy, stupid." - Bill Clinton

It sure is, Bill. It sure is.


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