Yesterday the interprovincial rivalry in rugby resumed with the big Leinster vs Munster match in the Aviva. It will be followed today in the same stadium by Ulster vs Connacht. But, while the rugby rivalry can be interrupted by a pandemic or by the interval between rugby seasons, economic rivalry between the provinces is taking place all the time. And while much media coverage unconsciously assumes that Dublin and Leinster are at the epicentre of all that happens in Ireland, the economic reality can sometimes throw up some surprising results.
If we look at the most recent Central Statistics Office (CSO) data for disposable income — for 2017 — it shows that Dublin leads at €23,864 per person. But Limerick comes a close third behind