Robert Ireland and John Bryars are from opposite sides of the 40-foot concrete walls that still embody the sectarian divide in Belfast. Fifteen years after a peace agreement was supposed to replace violence with prosperity, they are united only by unemployment.
U.K. government bonds advanced for the first time in five days as minutes of the Bank of England’s June 4-5 meeting showed no policy makers voted to raise the benchmark interest rate from a record low.
Kristin Forbes, a former White House adviser who’s set to join the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee, may give clues today about her leanings as officials move toward the first policy tightening in seven years.
Hours after Barack Obama stood in Belfast last week praising efforts to bring down the city’s 40- foot barricades, a few hundred yards away Jim Callaghan was stamping out a gasoline bomb tossed near his home in western Europe’s last divided city.
Belfast store clerk Chantal McCarthy never thought she would have to find a new home at the age of 57. That was before her husband lost his job as a builder three years ago and their finances spiraled downward from there.