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Northern Ireland: understanding its economy

Donal Nevin Lecture 2013 TCP_0084 - Tom Healy

With the Brexit process gathering pace, there is much focus on the question of how different parts of the European Union as well as different parts of the United Kingdom will manage a transition to new rules, customs arrangements and related administrative matters. The European Union and the United Kingdom will, somehow, ‘meet’ on the island of Ireland. In this context, it is particularly important to understand something about the structure of the Northern Ireland economy. A very recent publication [Structure and Performance of the Northern Ireland Economy, 2014 and 2015] by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) provides a useful and fresh insight into some of the key aggregates that go to make up total income, expenditure and output in Northern Ireland.

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