2020 Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland
The 15th volume of the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ Journal was launched as part of the CCBS 21st Annual Conference on Friday 25th September by Dr Anthony Soares, Director Centre for Cross Border Studies.
The 2020 edition of The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland brings together contributions from a range of academics and cross-border cooperation practitioners addressing four broad sets of issues of contemporary relevance to how we relate and cooperate with each other across borders.
- Implementation of agreements with relevance to the island of Ireland;
- Response to the Covid-19 pandemic;
- Environment and agriculture;
- Scope for North-South cooperation within the economic and skills landscape before us;
All of these are areas in which the Centre for Cross Border Studies has been active, and to which we have contributed our own views over the years.
Journal Authors & Articles
Colin Murray and Clare Rice highlight how the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland has shone a spotlight on Northern Ireland’s reliance upon a delicately interwoven balance of political, economic and social factors, which are often beyond its control.
Padraig Yeates argues that attempts to find a legalistic resolution to the pain which victims of the Troubles and their families have had to endure are bound to fall short. Padraig sets out a number of detailed proposals as to how we can more properly deal with the legacy of the past, in the knowledge that “the time for doing so in ways that involve all of the participants, whether as victims and survivors, or former combatants is running out”.
In this article, Emma DeSouza not only provides a detailed account of the legal case to which she was a party, she also presents the context that gave rise to the birthright provisions in the 1998 Agreement and, crucially, how her case has important implications for citizens on these islands in the wake of the UK’s departure from the EU.
Recalling that one of the Centre’s earliest studies “concluded that possibly the area which would most benefit from collaboration would be shared threats to health across the island in the forms of both communicable and noncommunicable disease”, Andy Pollak explores how has this fared in the face on the Covid-19 pandemic.
The aims of the Ulster-Scots Agency are to promote the study, conservation, development and use of Ulster-Scots as a living language; to encourage and develop the full range of its attendant culture; and to promote an understanding of the history of the Ulster-Scots.
In her article, Deirdre Heenan suggests that “The way the response to the coronavirus has unfolded on both sides of the border has been informed by experiences of Brexit with political divisions shaping decision-making and the direction of policy”
In his article, Martin Unfried reflects on how the various authorities in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion have coped with the effects of the spread of the virus, and how public health measures introduced by national capitals have been received by citizens and businesses in a region that integrates parts of three different EU Member States: Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.
How we have dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic is also one of the central issues tackled in John Barry’s article, which is one of four to offer thoughts on the future of the environment and agriculture, and how we might cooperate in these areas.
Shirley Clerkin’s article gives us a valuable insight into the difficulties (some of them perhaps unexpected to those not familiar with these matters) of engaging in cross-border cooperation when it comes to the protection of the natural environment.
The potential for post Brexit divergence between the UK and the EU is also a matter of concern for Tom Arnold in this article, which considers the future development of policies relating to agriculture and the environment.
Michelle Murphy’s article considers the future of agriculture and the environment on the island of Ireland, but with a particular focus on farm incomes and how these might be affected by moves to greater environmental sustainability across all areas of production.
In this piece, Kerins, Conneely and Reilly of Chambers Ireland stress the importance of cross border cooperation in ensuring both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland prosper, and avoiding the situation where “inefficiencies on either side of the border move both jurisdictions onto sub-optimal growth trajectories”.
It is the ability of the two jurisdictions to address some of the skills shortages in their relevant jurisdictions by attracting international workers that forms the focus of Maureen O’Reilly’s piece.
Billy Bennett and Simon Stephens article focuses on the provision of higher education through cross border partnerships, focusing on the experiences in the North West of the island of Ireland.