Just yesterday RTE News aired a story about the New York Stock Exchange undertaking to create 300 (possibly more) jobs in Belfast. Today, more good news, this time for Derry:
RTÉ News: 100 jobs set for Derry call centre
An Indian Call Centre Company will create 100 jobs in Derry.
The NYSE jobs will be tech-orientated and are for the highly skilled.
So what are they doing right? Is Southern Ireland on the right track, but it's a case of delayed results?
See Tonight with Vincent Browne - TV3 (NAMA and the question 'what if it all goes wrong').
A bank consultant and some other highly respectable finance guy basically come right out and say that Brian Lennihan is either lying or he is in fantasy land... claims also made with respect to huge factual errors. A key issue is whether or not the domestic banks will act in the interests of society or serve themselves in the years ahead -state-owned banks can be forced to serve society. Why are we trusting them to do the 'right' thing?
Another claim made was that our entry into the eurozone was one of the primary causes of the crisis we face today, and in particular it made a major contribution to the property bubble. That said, it was also acknowledged that we cannot pull out of it anytime soon.
So I invite those who oppose the position set out here to watch the interviews and speak to the opinions and credibility of the panel. There is also a rep. from Davy Stockbrokers on defending the government (essentially) but he seems to spend all of his time just trying to muddy the waters... the other consultants were remarkably clear and factual though (imo).
So, banks, recovery, jobs? Are the government just leading us down the garden path... or down the suwannee?