September 13, 2005

Does the border matter? North/South trade and mobility since the 1920s

Mapping Frontiers Study Day 3
13 September 2005
InterTradeIreland, The Old Gasworks Business Park, Kilmorey Street, Newry

The object of this Study Day was to explore the impact of the border on economic life on the island in the specific areas of trade, business cooperation and migration patterns.

The central question was this: to what extent did the border actually have an impact – in discouraging North/South or more narrowly cross-border trade, in encouraging settlement elsewhere within the boundaries of the newly-defined state rather than in the other state (or, by contrast, in encouraging “flight” to the other state), and in modifying the transport network (railways and roads)?

The speakers for this study day were all experts in this field – Professor Cormac Ó Grada and Professor Brendan Walsh, both of University College Dublin, and Professor Stephen Roper of Aston University, Birmingham.

PROGRAMME

9.30 am Registration & Refreshments
9.50 Welcome by Andy Pollak , Centre for Cross Border Studies and Aidan Gough , InterTradeIreland
10.00 Did (and Does) the Border Matter?: Trade and Mobility on the Island of Ireland since 1920
Professors Cormac Ó Gráda and Brendan Walsh, University College Dublin
10.20 Response by Eoin Magennis, InterTradeIreland
10.30 Discussion
11.00 Tea/Coffee & Refreshments
11.20 Cross-Border and Local Co-operation on the Island of Ireland : An Economic Perpective
Professor Stephen Roper
, Aston Business School , Birmingham
11.40 Response by Aidan Gough, InterTradeIreland
11.50 Discussion
12.20 pm Final discussion & Summing up
12.45 Final comments & Close

See the report [116 kb] and further details on the Mapping Frontiers project.

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