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Fianna Fail wants border zone to integrate services

By Michael McHugh

Published 20/04/2015

TD Brendan Smith said Ulster and Ireland should integrate some public services
TD Brendan Smith said Ulster and Ireland should integrate some public services

Fianna Fail has called for a border development zone to integrate public services between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The jurisdictions would co-operate on provision of health and broadband, while north/south efforts would be increased in areas like job creation and education.

The opposition party also envisaged the establishment of an organisation to record the experiences of those involved in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Brendan Smith TD said: "Our document also calls for the establishment of a border development zone to further integrate infrastructure and public services in certain key areas such as health, broadband and other utilities between the Republic and Northern Ireland. We believe north/south competencies should be increased in job creation and education also.

"Building on the success of the Good Friday Agreement, Fianna Fail would encourage the establishment of an institution to record and share the analysis and experience of all the key players from across all communities involved in the agreement, from its inception to its negotiation and to its slow, sometimes faltering, implementation.

"This institution would not seek to prescribe our peace process model, but rather to encourage study visits to Ireland, north and south, and to share lessons and experiences with those who helped build peace on our island."

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