March 30, 2012

Irish Government Secretary launches 2012 Journal of Cross Border Studies

Martin Fraser, Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach and Secretary to the Irish Government, launches the 2012 Journal
Martin Fraser, Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach and Secretary to the Irish Government, launches the 2012 Journal

The 2012 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland was launched today in Dublin by the Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach and Secretary to the Irish Government, Martin  Fraser.

Mr Fraser said:

‘It is an honour and privilege to be able to support the valuable work of the Centre for Cross Border Studies by launching the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland today. One of the first things I did when I came to the Department of the Taoiseach in 2004-2005 was to attend an earlier launch of the journal, and I have always found the journal and the Centre’s other publications to be fundamental to understanding how cross-border cooperation works on the island of Ireland.  The first generation of North/South co-operators was working away then: Tim O’Connor and Peter Smyth in the NSMC, Andy Pollak and his colleagues in the Centre, Cooperation and Working Together pioneering in health, and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development getting going in the important area of spatial planning…..The word ‘quiet’ in the phrase ‘quiet success story’ used by the Taoiseach in his interview was key then – this was quiet, slow, sensitive work. Real progress was a trade-off against PR: quiet success was better than noisy friction. I believe the future will involve more, not less, such quiet work in an all-island context. So this North-South dimension remains really crucial: we have to strive to keep it going as much as we can.’

The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland – No.7
The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland – No.7

This issue features an interview on North-South cooperation with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and articles on young people’s attitudes to cross-border cooperation;  setting up an Economic Development Zone in the border region; North-South research collaboration; cross-border cooperation in hospital services; cross-border undergraduate flows and the contribution of Garret FitzGerald to North-South relations.

At the same event the InterTradeIreland Director of Strategy and Policy, Aidan Gough, launched Cross-Border Economic Renewal: Rethinking Regional Policy in Ireland, by Dr John Bradley and Professor Michael Best, the final report in the 2009-2012 EU INTERREG-funded INICCO round of research, information and training projects carried out by the Centre.