It is time to address the myth that Dublin needs extra investment because it is soooooo important looike to Irelands GDP
On a different measure , Gross Value Add, the South West is the most important region in Ireland , particularly Cork.
Howeve rwhile Cork gets chemicals and makes drugs which are then exported Dublin specialises in funny money where a dead letter drop in a Big 4 Acccountant Office or Big 4 Solicitor Office magics up €3bn out of nowhere and with no employees. Anyway these figure predate the credit crunch where lots of Dublin based wealth evaporated over the past few years.
Cork had a higher relative GVA than Dublin BEFORE the credit crunch.
A workforce of 303,000 persons, 14.4% of the National Workforce, produced 18% of Gross Value Add.
In Dublin and the Mid East 866,000 persons, 41.2% of the National Workforce , Produced 48% of Gross Value Add.
However the South West was more productive on a per capita bases and that with Kerry dragging upon it and before the castles of BS and paper in the Accountants Offices and in the IFSC started to fall.
Dublin Mid East is bigger …but it is not as singularly important to Ireland as Cork. You give Cork people inputs and they produce more with them than the Dubs do
The latest figures are from 2007 published in January 2010
Table 13 page 19
Region Amount Persons %National GVA %National Income %Labour Force
Helpfully , in re GVA