Former head of IDA calls for border development zone

The former chief of IDA Ireland, Padraic White, has called for a special cross-border development zone to be set up that could boost to the economic development of Donegal and the border regions of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

The former chief of IDA Ireland, Padraic White, has called for a special cross-border development zone to be set up that could boost to the economic development of Donegal and the border regions of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

The proposal is made in the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ report Cross-Border Economic Renewal: Rethinking Regional Policy in Ireland which was funded by the EU INTERREG programme through the Special EU Programmes Body.

The authors of this report, published this week, are two internationally distinguished economists: Dr John Bradley, formerly of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, and Professor Michael Best of University of Massachusetts Lowell and Cambridge University.

The study reports Mr White’s speech at a recent CCBS conference in which he emphasised that “the immediately adjoining border areas have common economic threats but also a strong interest in maximising joint strengths” and that “district councils and counties along this ‘Border Development Zone’ could drive economic development by cooperation and sharing successful ideas.”

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