"Irish Government should take lead in building all-Ireland economy" - Conor Murphy MP, MLA
Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Conor Murphy MP, MLA (Newry&Armagh) has called on the Irish government to take the lead in building the all-Ireland economy.
Conor Murphy said:
"The Irish government should take the lead in building an all-Ireland economy by drawing up proposals for cross border integration of commercial and social development. It should direct its energies and influences towards convincing the British government and unionist politicians that the future lies in economic policies specifically for the island of Ireland, detached from British Exchequer policies which are designed specifically for the fiscal stability of the island of Britain. If Irish economic development is to reach its full potential in a programmed and managed manner then what is required is co-operation and integrated planning between the Finance Ministers North and South.
"Members of both Irish and British governments at the highest level have in the past voiced the opinion that an island economy is in the long-term interests of all the people of Ireland.
"Sinn Féin believes that if we are to achieve genuine and sustainable economic recovery we cannot afford to delay in building solid foundations on which to progress. It would therefore be sensible and to the benefit of all the people on this island if public expenditure was planned and managed on an all-Ireland basis. Senior spokespersons from all the Irish political parties with the exception of unionists have publicly endorsed an island economy – in fact some senior unionists accept the concept also but qualify it by saying it must be on the basis of mutual benefit.
"I don’t believe that there could be a credible argument constructed in opposition to the mutual benefits and practicalities of development of infrastructural, economic, energy, educational, agricultural and social structures on an all-Ireland basis. It is not just nationalist political parties and representatives of British and Irish governments that have recognised the potential of a unitary approach. It has also been embraced by business organisations, trade unionists, economic commentators and educationalists throughout the island.
"Sinn Féin has long called for this approach and believes that there is a growing public concensus on the issue. If we are serious about sustainable economic recovery I would urge the Executive and the Irish government to collaborate in drawing up plans to put it into effect.
"Now that we have stable working political institutions in the North with locally elected politicians taking decisions there is no reason why they cannot do so in collaboration with their southern counterparts for the mutual benefit of all the people of this island. Integrated planning and spending can only be of benefit to all of the people of Ireland regardless of political affiliation. CRÍOCH