18 November 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

The creation of a new all-island industrial promotion agency has been advocated by Fianna Fáil Dáil Deputy for Cavan/Monaghan Brendan Smith.

Deputy Smith feels that his constituency in particular would stand to benefit from the bolstering of a cross-Border trade strategy, particularly in the uncertain economic climate arising from the UK’s vote to recant membership of the European Union.

The FF TD made his call following his party’s “Brexit assessment summit” in Dundalk last weekend.

Deputy Smith said trade missions were key to opening new markets. He called for the establishment of an all-island industrial promotion agency to ensure that key investment opportunities in Ireland were secured and developed.

He pointed out that Northern Irish companies had been involved in a number of trade promotion visits organised by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA over the past 6 years.

“Extensive links have also been forged between Irish State agencies and Invest Northern Ireland to further develop relations into the future and the establishment of an all-island agency would bolster those opportunities,” he said.

“I was extremely disappointed by the disparaging and untrue remarks made by Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster a fortnight ago when she accused the Irish government of talking down the Northern Irish economy. It has never been the case that an Irish government has had an agenda to sully the reputation of Northern Ireland in order to compete for jobs.

“In fact, over the last six years, companies from Northern Ireland have been involved in at least 12 Enterprise Ireland trade promotion visits and 3 IDA missions.
“I have always been a strong advocate for intensifying relations between the various business and economic agencies North and South to enable them to sell an all-island product. This was something I was particularly conscious of during my time as Minister for …

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