Hosted by the Joint Committee on Rural and Community Development, the Centre for Cross Border Studies held an information session that examined the challenges and opportunities for North-South cooperation envisaged in Project Ireland 2040. This event, of interest to a wide range of decision and policy-makers, brought together a number of speakers representing local government and the third sector from both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, who offered their perspectives on how the cooperation agenda can be brought forward within a context that includes the lack of a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly, the pursuit of city and regional deals in the UK and, of course, the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Among the topics discussed were the extent to which local government in Northern Ireland will be able to engage with the North-South elements in Ireland’s National Planning Framework, what is the appetite for cross-border regional development, how are Dublin and London aiming to support North-South cooperation post-Brexit, and how can rural communities in the border region be supported as the UK leaves the EU. The speakers included Anthony Soares, the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Lisa O’Kane, the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), Pamela Arthurs, East Border Region (EBR), Shane Campbell, the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN), and Aidan Campbell, the Rural Community Network (RCN). The presentations were followed by an engaging question and answer session.
The presentations are available below.
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