Modesty Forbids

Apology sought from Lenihan over ‘unpatriotic’ shopping in Newry – The Irish Times – Tue, Dec 09, 2008

He says politicians in the South should remember that Newry has had to fight its way up from a zero position to where it is today.

“Look at where we came from in Newry – we came out of 26/27 per cent unemployment in 1991 and now we are closer to 2 per cent. It is a completely new city and it is being talked about across the world. We joined the euro with the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the UK didn’t.

“We get off our backside in Newry and we do things, so maybe it is time those in charge in the Irish Republic should start thinking about doing the same.

“Newry’s transformation has been organic, it has been a ‘shake yourself, boys, and get on with it’.”

He says Newry has not benefited from “any mega-investments from governments – North or South”.

I always associate it with car sickness, but it has some good places for a decent night out. Still, I can’t help but feel that the idea of Newry being talked about ‘across the world’ is only true if the span of the world is from Mizen Head to Malin Head. And while there may have been an ‘organic transformation’, it’s not as if the townspeople decided collectively to up sticks and build their town on the main road between Belfast and Dublin. And whilst Newry might contain some financially canny individuals, I would tend towards a conservative judgement of their effectiveness in influencing Bank of England and ECB policy. And whilst motorways might be a trifling matter if what we’re really talking about is mega-investments, every little does help.

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