Northern Ireland: Accountants count the cost of protests
Northern Ireland's capital Belfast has seen the return of violence over the city council's decision to fly the Union Jack over city hall only on specific days. Rachael Power finds out how local accountants have been affected.
The decision to revoke the century-old tradition of flying the flag over city hall infuriated loyalists and prompted protests and rioting. In spite of the media frenzy that resulted, the violence is localised and on a smaller scale than previous bouts.
But businesses and retailers across the city are paying the price for the protests, with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) estimating the cost of business lost to be around £15m, as tourists and investors stay away.
AccountingWEB found that most of the accountants we contacted were more concerned about negative outside opinion rather than personal safety.
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