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Sainsbury’s is sourcing products from Spar wholesaler Henderson Group in a bid to fill the gaps in its Northern Irish supply chain caused by Brexit bureaucracy. Photograph: iStock  Sainsbury’s is sourcing products from Spar wholesaler Henderson Group in a bid to fill the gaps in its Northern Irish supply chain caused by Brexit bureaucracy. Photograph: iStock

Sainsbury’s is sourcing products from Spar wholesaler Henderson Group in a bid to fill the gaps in its Northern Irish supply chain caused by Brexit bureaucracy. Photograph: iStock Sainsbury’s is sourcing products from Spar wholesaler Henderson Group in a bid to fill the gaps in its Northern Irish supply chain caused by Brexit bureaucracy. Photograph: iStock

If you live in the Republic – like it or not – you’re subject to a veritable blizzard of economic news. We pick over every minute gyration of the economy; from slips in gross domestic product to upticks in house prices. The Government’s finances are subject to a near-scientific level of scrutiny.

There’s not a week that goes by without a report warning of some potential banana skin up the road. It’s not obvious why this is so. Maybe it’s because the Irish economy has been so successful over the past three decades and plays host to some of the biggest corporate names on the planet.

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