Economic regeneration is happening. Sort of.

It would be silly of me to say that recovery is underway. The unemployment figures prove that. Having said that, economic activity, regeneration, is occurring. Take the Stillorgan shopping centre near my house. In the last 18 months, three new business have opened. A Poundland, Kilkenny Design and Donnybrook Fair, an upmarket convenience store. A brand new Lidl has opened across the way, and the local cinema has been seriously upgraded by UCI. Starbucks are opening a branch here soon. Of course, this is south Dublin, this is where you would expect any recovery to start. And let’s be honest, these are modestly paying jobs. But there is activity, new businesses are starting, and Position Vacant signs are appearing in windows.

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