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Did you know that 14 million cars cross the border between Dundalk and Newry every year?

That at least 18,000 workers and 5,200 students cross the border every day to work or study? That 1.7 million people cross the border by bus or train every year for short-term visits?

The Border People website ( is recognised as an important source of cross-border citizens’ information and advice on the island of Ireland. It provides practical information for people crossing the border to live, work, study or retire. It provides a signposting service to a wide range of (single jurisdiction) information sources, the most popular of which are in the areas of social security, taxation, welfare benefits, healthcare, pensions, and motoring.

The initiative is managed by the Centre for Cross Border Studies and is currently part-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.

Behind the scenes the Centre is advised and guided by members of the cross-border Advisory Group:

  • Centre for Cross-Border Studies
  • Citizens Information Board (Ireland)
  • Law Centre NI
  • Department of Social Protection
  • EURES Cross Border Partnership
  • North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat

The Border People project is a clear example of cross-border cooperation at its most pragmatic and sensible: a means of making government departments, information and advice providers and the general public in both Irish jurisdictions more knowledgeable and thus more effective in dealing with practical obstacles to cross-border mobility.

For further information please contact Annmarie O’Kane, Border People project manager,

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