All Ireland Agenda gaining dynamic momentum
Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff has welcomed the cross-border dynamic that the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) has brought in addressing the barriers in accessing essential services faced by border communities.
Speaking after an in depth meeting with the ICBAN Chief Executive, Kate Burns at Stormont yesterday the West Tyrone MLA has said that the future shape of delivery programmes must be geared towards deconstructing the imposed Border. Mr McElduff said:
"With three Cross Border Groups operating along the Border Corridor, it makes sense that not only do they try to address health, transport, tourism, environmental issues on a group by group basis, but that there is increased joint working between groups, specifically in the North West region and the Central region networks.
"Efforts to address regional disparity and balanced economic development must take place at a macro political level. However, central to all of this is the 'on the ground' programme delivery at local level. ICBAN are to the fore in this regard."
Mr. McElduff was accompanied by Sinn Féin Regional Development spokesperson, Raymond McCartney. Speaking after the meeting Mr.McCartney said:
"The introduction of a West East motorway for Sligo Town, Manorhamiltion, Enniskillen, Cookstown, Dungannon, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh City and a North West motorway for Derry, Limavady, Letterkenny, Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Monaghan, Dungannon and Cavan are required to address major road infrastructure deficits. Alongside this must be an integrated rail network to meet the needs of the Western Seaboard.
"The Irish and British governments have put in place a commitment of 100 Billion Euro to fund infrastructure development over the next decade. It is essential that the needs of the Greater North West Region (GNWR) are not forgotten. Social exclusion, deprivation and lack of opportunity know no barriers. The National Development Plan 2007 - 2013 and the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) coupled with Transport 21 need to make a massive contribution particularly to the areas outside of Dublin and Belfast." ENDS