Just four Northern Firms included in Department’s Trade Missions in five years – Tóibín
In a response to a Parliamentary Question submitted by Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation An Teachta Peadar Tóibín Minister Richard Bruton has admitted that only four northern businesses have been included in southern trade missions in five years.
An Teachta Tóibín said “this is further evidence that the much heralded All Ireland Economy has in fact plummeted down the political priorities of this government.”
“After the Good Friday Agreement much was made of the economic benefits to citizens on both sides of the border of the All Ireland Economy. Logic, we were told, meant that scarce resources would be used for the benefit of enterprises on both sides of the border in order to create jobs and wealth more efficiently.
“When we requested cost effective examples of this type of partnership from Minister Richard Bruton he has proudly trotted out the line that northern firms attend southern Trade Missions.
“The truth is that this practice is negligible. Just four firms in five years is pathetic with regards to both jurisdictions sweating our assets.
“The truth is that the enterprise agencies on the island of Ireland have a vested interest in costly competition rather than the economies of scale of partnership and cooperation. This unfortunately won’t change without the necessary political leadership.”