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Assembly & Oireachtas Committees to Meet

Published: 2 November, 2014

The Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade & Investment will meet with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Monday 3rd November 2014.

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan, who has sought greater working arrangements between the two committees and who proposed this meeting, has said that "there is not enough joined up and collaborative work between the two departments " and that he is "hopeful that this meeting will be the first step in trying to promote better relationships between both committees in an effort to advance the growth of the all-island economy."

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Flanagan said:

"The work carried out by both committees is vital in terms of scrutinising the two departments charged with growing the economy on the island of Ireland. We cannot sit back and allow these two departments to continue operating in a partitionist manner.

"On an island this size, with one labour market and interlinked and interdependent economies, all-Ireland economic co-operation and planning makes sense.

"There is not enough joined up and collaborative work between the two departments and I am hopeful that this meeting will be the first step in trying to promote better relationships between both committees in an effort to advance the growth of the all-island economy.

"The main focus of the meeting will be looking at proposals to develop a border development zone, hearing from InterTrade Ireland on their role as the trade development body for all of Ireland and exploring opportunities for better collaboration in drawing EU funding for research and development programmes.

"I will be encouraging both committees to co-operate in removing all the barriers to further develop trade across the island of Ireland.

"Realising the full potential of an all-Ireland economy will require a joint strategy for growth, trade, investment and jobs.

"To achieve this will require imagination, ambition and cooperation and I want to see these two economic committees working together to deliver that goal."