Newton Emerson: Why we need to talk about Dublin and Belfast

Forget well-meaning waffle, could the North and South administrations work together?

Having two cities in separate jurisdictions creates problems and opportunities for business. Photograph: iStock

Having two cities in separate jurisdictions creates problems and opportunities for business. Photograph: iStock

Dublin and Belfast are Europe’s third- and ninth-ranked “tech cities of the future”, according to an annual survey published in last week’s Financial Times.

Conducted by the paper’s foreign investment intelligence division, it judged 76 European cities by five categories: economic potential; innovation and attractiveness; foreign investment performance; cost effectiveness; and start-up environment.

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