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Huge potential for greater North-South economic co-operation – Cullinane

5 December, 2013 - by David Cullinane


Sinn Féin Sentator David Cullinane has stated that there is huge potential for greater North-South economic co-operation.

Senator Cullinane, who is a member of the Oireachtas Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee, made the comments following a meeting with the Assembley’s Enterprise, Trade and Industry in Leinster House today.

He said:

“We welcomed our sister committee from the Assembly to the Oireachtas today to discuss our common approaches to growing the economy and creating jobs. I note that this week the Taoiseach met with joint First Ministers, Martin McGuiness and Peter Robinson on separate trade missions to Japan. This reflects the reality of our interlinked and interdependent economies and labour markets.

“There is huge potential in greater co-operation between our institutions to, poll our resources, support enterprises and create employment.”

Phil Flanagan, Deputy Chairperson of Enterprise, Trade and Industry committee at the Assembly said:

“As a representative elected from a border constituency I see daily the economic impact of partition and obstacles to business and trade. It is clear that we can achieve more for enterprises along the border and across the island with greater co-ordination of economic strategy and implementation of joint policy. We need to support trade across the island and to jointly promote exports and inward investment.

“Greater co-operation makes sense and can deliver benefits to enterprises and workers. I hope that today marks a greater level of information sharing and co-operation as we jointly face the common challenge of economic growth and delivering jobs of all our people.”

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