Sunday 4 December 2016

If Trump is true to his word, we'll be less secure and less wealthy

Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30

'If trade wars start breaking out, the huge trading relationship Ireland has with the US, and the many jobs that are generated as a result, would be in danger.'
'If trade wars start breaking out, the huge trading relationship Ireland has with the US, and the many jobs that are generated as a result, would be in danger.'

Over the past 50 years, Ireland has moved from being an isolated, peripheral place to become one of the most internationally connected countries on the planet. Opening up and embracing the world has brought prosperity and opportunity.

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Our openness to the world has three main strands: connections with Britain, continental Europe and America.

A mere 10 years ago, all three strands were strong and getting stronger. Now, all are fraying. Britain is leaving Europe and Europe is beset by crises. On Tuesday Americans elected as president a man who promises to change his country's relations with the rest of the world in the most profound ways.

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