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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Photo of Ruairi Ó MurchúRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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100. To ask the Minister for Finance the engagement he has had on the recently launched Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor Report; his views on the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17207/21]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy may be aware, the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor initiative is a collaborative project led by a network involving eight local authorities, North and South of the border, Dublin City University and Ulster University. Both universities recently published a report regarding the potential for an economic corridor between Dublin and Belfast.

While not directly engaged in the project, the Government is supportive of this initiative, and is determined to help unlock the opportunities this co-operation offers. We have set out in the National Planning Framework how we want to build on the strengths of the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor to capitalise on the clear economic potential of the region. Opportunities to create shared growth and prosperity are important for the all-island economy.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has welcomed the report and stated that the corridor project could be a means of enhancing economic and social cooperation between Dublin and Belfast and all parts in between. Belfast and Dublin have a great deal to offer each other, and this work to strengthen business links between the two cities is very welcome.

Under the "New Decade, New Approach" Agreement, the Government has made a strong commitment to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to achieve greater connectivity on the island. The Government will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, through the North South Ministerial Council and other structures, to work towards a shared approach that will allow us to realise the development opportunities available.


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