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Arguments in support of all-Ireland economy have been won

18 January, 2007


Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson has said that the arguments about strengthening the all-Ireland approach across a range of areas including the economy, health, the environment, transport and infrastructure have already been won.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The argument about strengthening the all-Ireland approach across a range of areas including economy, health, the environment, transport and infrastructure has already been won.

"The real threats to economic well-being are partition and Direct Rule. This is recognised by the business, manufacturing and industrial sectors. Failure to grasp opportunities created by the Agreement has implications for the economy, infrastructure and public services not just in the six counties but also across the northwest.

"We also need to address issues such as workforce mobility and taxation. Our objective is based on a commitment to social justice through fair taxation. For example Sinn Féin in government would be removing tax exile status from the very wealthy, people such as Denis O'Brien who launched a policy paper for the SDLP today.

"We have already put forward arguments in relation to the harmonisation of corporation tax across the island, and also on issues such as harmonisation of currency and the creation of a Eurozone in the Six Counties.

"On the ground business people and local communities, particularly straddling the border, are leading the way in all-Ireland working and the two governments that are playing catch up.  The British and Irish government need to speed up the process and set deliverable targets that show the benefits of the all-Ireland approach." ENDS

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