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@mickeydocs wrote:

I’ll have a look for the cso figures. The gdp is aided by the booming PharmaChem Sector (obviously not a contributor to the celtic tiger according to dave123). Pfizer alone contributes in excess of $7 billion to the gdp of the country.

Page 19 of this report shows‘GVA’ by region, which the notes to the document seems to say is much the same as GDP. Yes, all that stuff about multinational profits seems to apply – but I don’t see that as having a big impact in this context where we just want a quick and dirty picture of the contribution of various regions to the national economy.

Taking 2002, which seems to be the most recent data.

Dublin accounts for 36.9% of GVA

Mid East Region (Meath/Kildare/Wicklow) accounts for 8.5%

Mid West Region (Clare/Limerick/North Tipperary) accounts for 7.2%

South West Region (Cork/Kerry) accounts for 19.4%

There’s no division by county, but using the figure for primary income on page 12 as a proxy would suggest an 80/20 split between Cork and Kerry. That would suggest Cork alone contributes about 15% of GVA.

Incidently the South West region makes as much of a contribution as the Border, Midland and Western regions combined. That’s counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. While its only one indicator, it does put into perspective any suggesting that places like Sligo, Castlebar, Letterkenny etc. etc. have any chance of becoming thriving centres with economies of scale that would make them as attractive a base as Dublin for internationally oriented businesses.

So, putting it all together, Cork does not contribute anything like 33% of economic activity. Dublin does (which, to be honest, is what made me feel your figure was off.)

However, it is true to say that Cork is a much more significant component of the national economy than either Limerick on its own or the Mid West region. If we’re looking for a concentration in one centre outside Dublin that might be a base for development, there’s really no contest.

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