July 18th, 2006
Mixed Blessings

Along with the church, many of the items in the Sacred Heart are tagged for sale.

Credit: Emmet Harte

U.S. Department of State: Ireland
The U.S. State Department’s official assessment of current conditions in the Republic of Ireland.

CIA Factbook — Ireland

The current assessment of Ireland’s geography, economy, politics, and culture from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Central Statistics Office
A national statistical agency in the Republic of Ireland, the CSO, collects and compiles data relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the state.

Irish Media
Limerick Leader http://www.limericktoday.com/
Radio Telef√≠s √Čireann http://www.rte.ie/
The Irish Times http://www.ireland.com/
The Irish News http://www.irishnews.com/
Irish Independent News http://www.unison.ie/
Belfast Telegraph http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Economic and Social Research Institute
This Irish federal research agency produces research relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development. It is a useful source for economic information and statistics.

Limerick’s economy is a microcosm of the Republic’s with a boom fueled by high-tech investment.

Credit: Animo/Stillwater

Established under the Good Friday Agreement, this agency works with businesses on both sides of the border to increase the global competitiveness of the all-island economy. It sponsors a variety of programs to support cross-border cooperation in business and research.

Part of InterTradeIreland, this organization promotes cross-border trade and business co-operation between small businesses.

David McWilliams
Articles and analysis from the Irish economist, commentator, and author of the Briefing for this episode.

Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland

IDS is an Irish state development agency supporting foreign business and enterprise in Ireland.

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Irish NGO responding to the emerging needs of immigrants in Ireland.

Jesuits in Ireland
A news and information site for the Jesuits in Ireland.

Border Ireland
An online database of cross-border information; also established by the Belfast Agreement.

The personal debt of the Irish is growing along with the zest for shopping.

Credit: Emmet Harte

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is an Irish state development agency, helping Irish companies in a global market.

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

DETI is an agency of the Northern Irish government concerned with policy and statistical analysis. The site includes an electronic copy of the agency’s most recent annual economic bulletin.

Invest Northern Ireland
This Northern Irish development agency, which states its mission as “to change Northern Ireland into a high growth economy driven by innovation and enterprise.”

Institute for Conflict Research
A Northern Irish research center dedicated to “working on issues related to conflict, social transformation and social justice.”

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