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Where now for North-South economic links in a time of recession?

Linen Hall Library, Belfast
Thursday, 3rd May 2012

Chair: Sir George Quigley

Guest Speakers: Gary McDonald (Irish News), Dr Gerard O'Hare (Parker Green International) and Professor Frances Ruane (ESRI)

Tea/Coffee/Registration at 5.30pm, followed by lecture at 6.00pm sharp


Tel: 01 716 8670 or Email:

While structured cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland has tended to be the preserve of the Belfast-Dublin corridor North-South economic cooperation now takes a range of forms across an increasingly permeable border. Earlier IBIS events have explored the North-South economic relationship and the barriers to and benefits of cooperation. With the two jurisdictions now plunged into economic recession, it seems more urgent than ever to revisit these economic links and the questions they raise such as:

  • What can be done to further maximise trading opportunities within the island and with the rest of the UK and EU?
  • How can North-South cooperation help improve competitiveness in the face of emerging economies such as China and India?
  • Can the example of cooperation shown by Newry and Dundalk be replicated elsewhere on the island?        
  •  And what of projects such as the All-Island Single Electricity Market – are they on track towards completion?

IBIS is grateful to the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support of this evening lecture