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Is there a parallel with Dublin after the Act of Union?

The move of the MPs and their retinues to London is said to have sunk Dublin – which at the time was a prominent European city – into a long recession.

I was reading a chapter in an interesting book (A Tale of Two Cities, about Dublin and London in the 19th centuries) which seemed to be saying that although the city went into a recession, the Act of Union wasn’t thought to be the reason (although there were many anti-union protests in the run up to the act which foretold economic woes for the city if passed).

After all the trouble it took to get the city back into shape (up until the 1960’s or 1990’s) it would be a pity if the government kicked it back down again by relocating so many jobs – vibrant urban centres can’t be taken for granted.

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