The Border has had a very negative impact on the economy throughout the island of Ireland, according to a report on the All Island Economy by the Oireachtas joint committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The main point of the report are: The Narrow Water bridge should be supported by both governments; Border development zones should be established; Training and other projects should be set be out on cross border basis; There should be a promotion of cluster industries; Institutions and local authorities should plan by reference to the other jurisdictions; EU funding should be maximised; Elimination of fiscal (tax) distortions; Develop tourism for the island as a whole; Cross border education should be developed; Infrastructure, including road upgrades A2 N2 and rail links, should also be carried out.
Submissions were made by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. The report was launched in Dublin last week. Mr Paddy Malone represented Dundalk Chamber of Commerce at the launch. Newry and Warrenpoint Chamber was represented by Jim Boylan and Denis Bradley, with Ian Talbot Chambers Ireland. Also in attendance was Padraic White former chair of the Louth Economic Forum.
Members from Stormont Assembly attended including Patsy McGlone SDLP and Conor Murphy Sinn Fein.