President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce takes Dundalk-Newry economic zone idea to Minister Richard Bruton

Gene Yore

Reporter:

Gene Yore

The President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Mr Paddy Malone has taken the economy plan to the Minister for Enterprise and Employment Minister Richard Bruton

The President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Mr Paddy Malone has taken the economy plan to the Minister for Enterprise and Employment Minister Richard Bruton

The economy plan was outlined in the Bradley report commissioned by Dundalk Chamber and Mr Malone has led the drive to get it into the political domain.

He has said the EU presidency which Ireland takes over next year, will be the ideal time to put the economic plan in motion.

Mr Malone explained the need to stimulate the region economically. He pointed out that the Louth Economic Forum with the support of the IDA had played a major role in attracting companies like PayPal - which is bringing 1,000 jobs - and Prometric to the region. The region had been successful in obtaining grants due to the tourism potential of Mourne-Carlingford Lough and Cooley region.

The minister said he understood the importance of the Dundalk-Newry economic zoning proposal.

He asked a number of detailed questions and indicated that he would be asking his department to follow up a number of points.

The minister was told the proposals had been forwarded to the North-South Ministerial Secretariat.

He said he fully supported Louth County Council’s close co-operation with the business sector and the use of funds under the various European Union schemes.

The Minister commended the work done to date.

Mr Michael Curran Director of Economic and Cross-Border Development at Louth County Council outlined the initiatives on clustering that is, encouraging businesses to work together and the practical working of the Memorandum Of Understanding between Louth and Newry and Mourne. Mr Declan Murphy Dundalk Chamber explained that the region had the infrastructure to create long term sustainable jobs.