IRELAND: High Hope in the South

The same fine mist fills the air, the same emerald pastures upholster the countryside and the same frothy brown Guinness flows freely in both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. But economic conditions in the two parts of that partitioned land are as dissimilar as shamrocks and shillelaghs.

In the North, traditionally more developed than the Republic, civil warfare has caused millions of dollars worth of property damage, and impeded production at some 60 factories. The Northern Ireland Ministry of Commerce has abandoned its international advertising campaign geared to attract new industry. In the South, however, the Republic is in...

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