Me and my money: Brian Purcell
'We have such potential in our beautiful countryside but we are simply wasting it'
Published 28/10/2010 | 05:00
JUDGE from TV's 'The Apprentice' Brian Purcell took advantage of property prices during the boom. "My best buy was an apartment near Citywest which got me the deposit for my house when I flipped it quickly during the Celtic Tiger era," he said.
"If I could buy anything regardless of price, it would be a network of water reservoirs -- one outside Dublin and one in the Midlands will do for starters. A lot of people still haven't realised how precious a commodity water is and how essential it is for industry.
"If I won the lottery, I would buy a grand prix showjumper that would win an Olympic medal for Ireland. The Government and lefty urbanites need to realise that we are a world leader for breeding all types of racing and sport horses. It is a viable, sustainable industry that creates jobs, taxes and income for thousands of small breeders, and not just the big operations -- and how many things are we world leaders in? Investment in all rural pursuits and industries should be increased and encouraged.
"There were 60,000 people a day for three days at the recent Ploughing Championships and we should be showcasing more to the world our innate expertise and experience in organic food production from a pristine rural environment, as well as our ability to breed horses and cattle to a captive world market that admires our success.
"It shouldn't all be about the cities and towns, you know. We're not even scratching our potential for tourism and showcasing our beautiful country either, and don't even get me going on that one."