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Doherty - Sales and Export figures highlight growing importance of All Ireland Trade

30 June, 2003

manufacturing sector. As we see jobs in this sector in the north under threat it is vital that manufacturers are supported and enabled to take full advantage of the demand within the southern economy."

"Early this last month the southern employers organisation IBEC has said that the removal of economic and social barriers between the north and south could create 3,000 jobs.

"We need to urgently address the removal of all social, economic and geographical barriers which act as an impediment to the development of all-Ireland trade. We also need to see the synchronisation of professional qualification and harmonisation of tax, wages, transport and housing costs on both sides of the border." ENDS

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