Friday, August 07, 2015

There will still be a bleak December day

Not hard to tell where the Irish elite is on holiday --

Sunday Independent, Eoghan Harris -- Field's coffee shop in Skibbereen is the place to take the national pulse.

RTE Business news -- Minister for Communications Alex White will turn the sod today on a new high-speed digital hub in Skibbereen, Co Cork. The hub in the centre of the west Cork town will have 75 separate workspaces, and when it is up and running in November, it will have the fastest broadband connection in Ireland, provided by Vodafone. Vodafone CEO Ann O'Leary, Glen Dimplex CEO Sean O'Driscoll and Discovery Channel Europe President and Managing Director Dee Forbes are on the steering group. They all have strong ties to west Cork and have homes in the area.

Genuine good luck to west Cork in finding sources of jobs besides seasonal tourism, but the odds that a development policy picked on the basis of sounding appealing to its summer swallows is a good one are not high.

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