A chairde for many years now we in Sinn Féin have made a consistent, logical and detailed case for a United Ireland and a United Economy. One Ireland that serves all the people of Ireland, one that is prosperous, one that is competitive, one that delivers across north and south, urban and rural, young and older and all income levels.
One where those who work hard, use their smarts, take risks and invest will be properly compensated for their efforts, an economy that promotes the generation of a fair wage and a fair profit.
One that is sustainable, where people who work don’t get paid a ‘poverty wage’ but a decent ‘living wage’. One tax structure that provides social solidarity and a competitive and prosperous country.
At the other end of the political spectrum there are vested interests in Ireland north and south that claim that One Ireland is not possible. The parties of division and polarisation ridicule and mock the economics of a United economy.
They argue against one market of 6.4 million people and in favour of 2 small limited markets north and south instead.
They support duplication of health services, education services and social protection while hundreds of thousands of children live in material deprivation.
So in love with the cost of promoting Ireland’s tourism offering, our Agricultural produce and our aqua-cultural produce that they want to pay for it twice.
Enterprise Development, FDI generation, Research and Development, infrastructural development, Procurement, Spatial Planning all undertaken separately with fractured results.
The efficiencies and economies of scale of Unity mean money in the pockets of families from Banna Strand to Ballycastle. It would materially increase Ireland’s clout in Europe and the International stage.
But in the same way the IFA and the FAI won’t easily vote themselves out of existence to create a more successful Irish Soccer Team, establishments dependent on the border for their power will continue to resist the logic of an All-Ireland Economy.