David McWilliams: If Cork can’t succeed economically, Ireland will regress

Cork doesn’t need to emulate Manhattan, but a significant increase in building is needed

‘Could Cork transform itself into a true high-density city?’ File photograph: Getty

‘Could Cork transform itself into a true high-density city?’ File photograph: Getty

If you happen to be a Jackeen relation of a large Cork family, we might get together and form a self-help group. Given the amount of inter-cousin abuse I’ve had to endure over the years, it’s tempting.

Being a semi-detached, arms-length Corkonian comes with its burdens but they are but nothing compared with those carried by the Leesiders themselves, who combine fragile victimhood with muscular self-regard. But putting the inter-city rivalry aside, one thing is clear to me: if Cork doesn’t succeed economically in the years ahead, Ireland will also go backwards.

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