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Island for sale

Which part of your country would you sell off?

During the 80s crisis an American friend Mark Boswell and I mused in a Paris kitchen about splitting Ireland in two, and then selling off either the romantic, gaelic, West or the then wealthier urban East. Which side would raise more cash? Which sale would cause more soulsearching and challenge Irish (or any other) cultural identity more?

An†article† in the Irish Independent raises a similar specter: "Yesterday, the IMF and the EU were busy trying to limit the damage following their mission to Greece. One auditor, also the EC representative, Servaas Deroose, encouraged the Greeks to "sell beaches" to pay back the IMF/EU loan."

Stuff of theatre?†How real it could all become.

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