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Murphy addresses All-Ireland Conference on Ports and Seaports

18 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today outlined the role for the North's ports as a key gateway to economic growth across the island of Ireland.

Speaking at Croke Park, Minister Murphy was the key speaker at this major seminar focusing on developing ports and Airports infrastructure in Ireland.

He said,

"Ports are the key gateways to the building the North's economy and that of the whole island. The gateway ports offer the potential of clustering economic development to create strong magnets for regional growth to the benefit of everyone across this island.

"These are indeed exciting times for the economy across the island of Ireland. The return of the devolved and all-Ireland institutions provide enormous commercial opportunities for our sea and airports." ENDS

The conference was entitled "Gateways to an All-Ireland Economy" and was organised with the support of the IBEC?CBI Joint Business Council and was attended by a wide range of key players in the ports industry across Ireland, including the Chief Executives of the five main commercial ports: Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Waterford and Warrenpoint.

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