Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on jobs, enterprise and innovation has called for an All-Ireland growth strategy for trade, investment and jobs.
Senator Cullinane made the call as Martin McGuiness, Peter Robinson and the Taoiseach are due to meet in Japan today as two separate trade missions continue.
“All our people are hungry for work, our businesses are looking to new markets and we are seeking international investment.
“The continuation of partition fails our economy, our people and our enterprises. Today’s meeting in Japan underscores the economic failure of partition and the potential of future benefits for greater and deeper co-operation.
“The success of Intertrade Ireland, Tourism Ireland and support for northern businesses through Enterprise Ireland and the Science Foundation are to be welcome, however more needs to be done to realise the full potential of the all-Ireland economy. On an island this size, with one labour market and interlinked and interdependent economies, all-Ireland economic co-operation and planning makes sense.
“Sinn Féin is committed to promoting economic co-operation for the benefit of all our people and I hope today meeting further develops that process. To realise the full potential of the All Ireland Economy will require an All-Ireland growth strategy for trade, investment and jobs.”