March 8, 2011

Martin McGuinness launches 2011 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland

At the launch of the 2011 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast were (from left to right) Andy Pollak director, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Helen Johnston Chairperson, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Martin McGuinness MP MLA Deputy First Minister and Sir George Quigley
At the launch of the 2011 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast were (from left to right) Andy Pollak director, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Helen Johnston Chairperson, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Martin McGuinness MP MLA Deputy First Minister and Sir George Quigley

8 March 2011

The NI Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP MLA, launched the 2011 edition of The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland in Belfast at the Stormont Hotel on 8 March 2011.

The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland - No.6
The new edition features an interview with Mr McGuinness on North-South cooperation, plus articles on the border region economy; the human rights situation in the two Irish jurisdictions; the Dublin-Belfast rail service; food security and health on the island; the Danish-German border region; and Cooperation Ireland.

Mr McGuinness said:

‘The Centre for Cross Border Studies team deserve our thanks and congratulations for the tremendous work they have been doing. It is work that has also paid dividends in terms of research projects done and people brought together from North and South in conferences, seminars and training courses. People have to be inter-connected, whether it is within the North, between North and South, or between East and West. That is how we will all learn from each other. The Centre is leading that North-South inter-connection process. It is therefore an honour and a pleasure to be here with you this morning to launch the 2011 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland.

Proposing the vote of thanks to the Deputy First Minister, Sir George Quigley, the chairman of Bombardier Aerospace, said:

‘I applaud the Director, Andy Pollak, and his team on a tremendous record of achievement over well nigh 12 years. Pages 112-173 of the Journal, on the Centre’s work, show just how far-reaching and significant is its range and how it touches on areas so relevant to the quality of our future on the island. I saw this at first hand through my involvement for several years in a highly innovative programme it ran for the training of personnel engaged in cross-border policy or operations.

‘The Centre’s Journal typifies the quality of excellence which the Centre brings to all that it does. Beautifully produced, a pleasure just to handle but, most important of all, a treasure chest of highly readable articles written to the highest professional standards. Start any of these articles and you will become hooked. And not just hooked, but challenged, because these articles irresistibly prompt the response: What must be done about this?’

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