CCBS was invited to speak on the border economy at a meeting of the Oireacthas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, which took place in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings on 3rd November. CCBS Director, Ruth Taillon and Research & Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, were joined by independent economist, Philip McDonagh and Padraic White, Chair of the Border Development Corridor Steering Group. The CCBS team emphasised the urgent need for specific focus to be given by both governments to the border region in order to avoid the risk of regional disparities increasing as the economies on both sides of the border appear to show signs of recovery. Underlying structural deficiencies were highlighted, including insufficient access to broadband and lack of transport connectivity. The Senators, TDs and MLAs present actively explored with the CCBS team the issues it raised and noted the concerns it brought to their attention, as well as the initiatives CCBS are involved in to address them, such as the Solidarity Charter for the Economic Revitalisation of the Irish Border Corridor.
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