At The Margin


#19: The Economy of Northern Ireland - Dr. Graham Brownlow (QUB)

Season 2, Ep. 7

This is a bumper episode this week. I am joined by Dr. Graham Brownlow (Queen's University Belfast) to discuss the Northern Irish Economy.

We go through the development of the Northern Irish economy throughout the 20th Century and a little bit before. Graham's expert knowledge really gives us a depth of understanding that I have not heard elsewhere.

Indeed, I learned a lot from this discussion. Growing up in Longford we hear a lot about the politics of Northern Ireland but very little about the economy. Of course politics has influenced the economy and Graham talks about that but not always in the ways that you would expect.

One such example is the story of how the DeLorean car from Back to the Future came to be manufactured just outside Belfast. It’s a fascinating story and we go through that in great detail.


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