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Title: Memorandum of Understanding between Newry and Mourne District Council and the Louth Local Authorities


1

ALL ISLAND ECONOMY Thinking in a new way A
challenge for North and South
2
ALL ISLAND ECONOMY
  • THINKING IN A NEW WAY
  • A CHALLENGE FOR
  • NORTH AND SOUTH

3
30 second speech
  • Border has decimated area not just since 1970
  • 2 currencies, laws etc. all impedes growth
  • Creation of black economy
  • Dundalk lost all 4 pillars, engineering, shoes,
    tobacco, brewing
  • Statistics prove it , Dundalk poorest Gateway
    Newry 3rd
  • Strong infrastructure, population and cluster of
    industry means rapid growth possible

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Dundalk, too, compares poorlyMcARDLE REPORT
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Newry Dundalk Drogheda
  • Border region which has Gateway critical mass
  • Good clustering of both FDI and Indigenous
    multinationals
  • Good transport links
  • Dundalk has largest number of people within 120
    km on the island (all of Dublin Belfast) and
    Drogheda if 80km used
  • DKIT and other third level universities
  • Huge tourist potential Boyne and
    Mourne/Carlingford Lough

8
Dundalk Newry WarrenpointRecommendations
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The Future
  • DUNDALK/NEWRY ECONOMIC ZONE -TO TARGET
  • Specific industries, e.g. Tourism
    Pharmaceuticals, Logistics, H.Q.
  • Specific time, e.g. 5 year plan, 10 year in
    operation, 2025
  • Not for relocation or displacement within island

11
Thank you
12
About the Eastern Region
  • Straddling the border between northern and
    southern Ireland south Armagh, south Down and
    north Louth

13
Newry Dundalk Drogheda
  • Louth County Council - European and Economic
    Unit
  • - Business Support Unit
  • Louth Economic Forum
  • MOU between Louth Local Authorities with Newry
    and Mourne and now with Down added
  • PLUS
  • Outside organisations -e.g. Education, Chambers,
    etc.
  • THEREFORE THIS REGION HAS INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

14
Newry Dundalk Drogheda
  • Border region which has Gateway critical mass
  • Good clustering of both FDI and Indigenous
    multinationals
  • Good transport links
  • Dundalk has largest number of people within 120
    km on the island (all of Dublin Belfast) and
    Drogheda if 80km used
  • DKIT and other third level universities
  • Huge tourist potential Boyne and
    Mourne/Carlingford Lough

15
Cross Border Analysis
  • 2006 Buchannan
  • 2009 ICLRD
  • 2011 MoU
  • 2011 McArdle - Economic Zone
  • 2012 Bradley - Cross Border Studies

16
McArdle Summary Report
  • Dundalk poorest of gateways and lowest growth
  • 9 of 10 sub regions below national deprivation
    index average
  • North East lost out more than North West
  • Newry 3rd worst in North
  • Pull of Dublin Belfast outweighs advantages

17
Dundalk Chamber response
  • Work with LEF
  • Work with DSP
  • Work with DKIT
  • Create stronger ties with Northern chambers
  • Organise training and other supports for
    members
  • Network
  • Identify future job potential
  • transport, hospitality marketing

18
Impact of Border
  • Dublin and Belfast both see region as a periphery
  • Dublin looks to Cork Limerick
  • Belfast to Ballymena Derry
  • Irelands Ancient East forgets the land of Cu
    Chulainn
  • Two currencies
  • Loss of critical mass

19
IMPACT OF BORDER
  • Economic zone would be a positive statement by EU
  • Germany made positive steps to reintegrate itself
    by assisting East Germany
  • We need to show Belfast its future is in EU with
    us
  • Border has damaged the Dundalk region since 1920

20
Impact of border
  • Growth in population poor compared to other
    cities
  • We need to be part of Living city. Larger
    population than Kilkenny
  • Rates recognition of border retail. Competition
    is with Newry and Belfast every bit as much as
    Dublin

21
CROSS-BORDER ECONOMIC RENEWAL
  • Rethinking Regional Policy in Ireland - Bradley
    2012
  • Periphery
  • 2 different jurisdictions/Agencies
  • Need for clusters
  • Spatial, Sectorial and Institutional
  • Growth in
  • Tourism
  • SME
  • Agriculture
  • AGED and
  • Low carbon sustainable E

22
ICLRD 2009 Newry/Dundalk Twin City Region
  • Objectives
  • Coordinated approach
  • Joint actions
  • Common databases
  • Alignment of legal and institutional frameworks.
  • Proposals
  • Joint Centre of Excellence for sustainable
    energy
  • A cross-border international services zone
  • Geo Tourism
  • Coordinated regeneration strategy for older
    areas
  • Skills, education and training programmes

23
The Future
  • DUNDALK/ NEWRY ECONOMIC ZONE
  • Belfast to reduce Corporation Tax
    threat/opportunity
  • MOU with Newry and Mourne (Enhance)
  • TO ALLOW DUNDALK TO CATCH UP
  • Need to work with all State Agencies, most of
    which based in town.

24/01/2012
24
CROSS-BORDER ECONOMIC RENEWAL
  • Tourist potential if region sold AS ONE
  • Reciprocal recognition of EIIS and BES.
  • We have produced world class entrepreneurs
  • Naughton, McCann Goodman Haughey
  • GlenDimplex, Fyffes AIBP Norbrook
  • Next generation includes Digiweb, Horseware First
    Derivatives

25
The Future
  • DUNDALK/NEWRY ECONOMIC ZONE -TO TARGET
  • Specific industries, e.g. Pharmaceuticals,
    Logistics, H.Q.
  • Specific time, e.g. 5 year plan, 10 year in
    operation, 2025
  • Not for relocation or displacement within island

26
The Future
  • DUNDALK/NEWRY ECONOMIC ZONE
  • Rates remission, on NEW entrants (domestic or
    international)
  • Fast track planning
  • Tie in with Louth Economic Unit
  • Tie in with new Super Council in North
  • Both councils now given more responsibility
    re economic growth

27
The Future
  • DUNDALK/NEWRY ECONOMIC ZONE - HOW?
  • Enhance tax allowances within zone
  • Capital allowances (green), RD
  • Not repeat NOT looking for money/timing only
  • Rates remission
  • Employment initiatives to encourage cross border
  • DKIT
  • Link with UK incentives
  • Enhance Business Expansion Schemes and other
    reliefs

28
The Future
  • DUNDALK/NEWRY ECONOMIC ZONE HOW?
  • Increase use of RAPID areas e.g. Coes Road
    (Dundalk)
  • Albert Basin (Newry)
  • SEAI targeted areas with Enterprise Ireland
  • Increase tourist infrastructure

29
Dundalk Newry WarrenpointRecommendations
30
Dundalk Newry WarrenpointRecommendations
  • Coordinate with UK employment initiatives
  • Encourage cross border movement of capital and
    employment
  • Design policies to avoid diisplacement from
    other regions on the island
  • Extend and enhance the Louth/Newry Mourne Down
    MoU
  • Share and support facilities such as Hospitals
    and other infrastructure
  • Improve access to the greater Down area from
    Louth and Belfast

31
McArdle 2011 Report - Recommendations
  • Establish a Cross-Border advisory service,
    (Oersund, Denmark/Sweden)
  • Improve regional cross-border statistics
  • Participate in the St Andrews review
  • Counteract the view that the NW is the most
    deprived border area
  • Assess the Vienna-Bratislava attempt to attract
    inward investment
  • Review the implications of the downgrading of the
    NW Gateway objective to a Virtual Cross Border
    Technology Park
  • Seek formal Gateway status similar to the North
    West
  • Participate in the review of the next State Aid
    guidelines
  • Explore possible designation as a cross-border
    zone for State Aid
  • Review progress in implementing the ICLRD
    recommendations
  • Prioritise practical steps in context of the Memo
    of Understanding between Newry and Dundalk

32
The Challenges
  • Evidence clearly indicates that, for a sub-region
    to attract significant domestic and international
    investment, it must contain at least one
    city-region of sufficient size.
  • This implies access to sizeable pools of suitably
    qualified workers, adequate supporting
    infrastructure, and good-quality public and
    commercial services.
  • A joined-up approach not only assists in meeting
    these requirements but also supports efforts to
    attract and leverage scarce public and private
    funding for wider regional infrastructure and
    regeneration initiatives.
  • In sum, Newry and Dundalk need to think and act
    regionally if they want to compete in the market
    place.With urban populations of 28,000 and
    35,000 respectively, neither Newry nor Dundalk
    has the critical mass to compete (separately) in
    the global economy.
  • Source The Newry-Dundalk Twin City Region
    ICLRD, Jan 2009

33
Memorandum of UnderstandingCo operation Themes
  • Emergency Planning
  • Renewable Energy and Green Technology
  • Tourism and Recreation
  • Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Creation
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