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All-island economy ‘pragmatic, principled, achievable’ – Doherty

3 February, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking in Belfast this morning, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD outlined Sinn Féin’s plan for an all-island economy in the context of the challenge of Brexit. Joined by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Deputy Doherty said that “this is an unprecedented, if not all but unthinkable, challenge that requires an unprecedented response in terms of making the border less and less relevant”.

The Donegal TD continued:

“For our part, the best approach for facing that challenge is the further development of the all-Ireland economy; a concerted political and civil society campaign to ensure that the north achieves a special status in the EU, and an all-Ireland based infrastructure plan on which a modern all-island economy can prosper and thrive.

“Sinn Féin has produced detailed policies in this regard and for which we seek support from across the island.

“And it’s important to stress that this all-island economy is not some abstract concept; it is pragmatic, it is principled, and it is achievable.

“Businesses and entrepreneurs recognise the value of the all-island economy; through creating jobs, growing their businesses, and by taking advantage of markets on both sides of the border, much can and has already been achieved.

“Sinn Féin rightly believes that the only credible approach is for the north to be designated a special status within the EU, and for the whole island of Ireland to remain within the EU together.” 

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