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The Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today held an informal meeting with their counterparts, the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, from the Northern Ireland Assembly. These informal meetings, which began in 2014, have become a standing arrangement with the aim of creating and retaining jobs and promoting and supporting enterprise and innovation.

28th January 2015

Committee Chair, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD said, “This constructive and timely exchange of views with our colleagues from the NI Assembly came as we launched our comprehensive report on the All-Island Economy. We discussed a variety of common-issues such as the effect of a reduction in funding to InterTrade Ireland. This reduction has very real knock-on effects both north and south of the border for jobs, enterprise, trade and investment. We also had a chance to discuss the planned devolution of corporation tax powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the expected impact of this.”

Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Patsy McGlone MLA attended the launch of the report along with other members of the Assembly Committee and met with the Joint Committee for an informal meeting.
Chairperson McGlone said: “The Committee was pleased to attend this launch and meet with the Oireachtas Joint Committee. All of us—whether from the Northern Ireland Assembly or the Oireachtas—are deeply committed to promoting economic opportunities that benefit all of us. There are many economic challenges that still face us and it is appropriate that we look at ways of working together.”

“Some of the recommendations contained with this report, particularly the emphasis on maximising the potential of InterTrade Ireland; maximising the drawdown of EU funding for, in particular research and development; tackling the black market economy; and working more closely on agriculture and related industries; are issues that we have looked at within the Committee. We look forward to working with all groups and agencies across the island of Ireland to improve the economic development that will bring benefits to all communities.”

In attendance from the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment were; Patsy McGlone (Chairperson) MLA, Fearghal McKinney MLA, Conor Murphy MLA, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA and Adrian Cochrane-Watson MLA.


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Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Membership:

Chair: Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy (Fine Gael)


Dara Calleary (Fianna Fáil); Áine Collins (Fine Gael);  Michael Conaghan (Labour); Seán Kyne (Fine Gael); Anthony Lawlor (Fine Gael); John Lyons (Labour);  Peadar Tóibín (Sinn Féin); Mick Wallace (Independent)


David Cullinane (Sinn Féin); John Kelly (Labour); Michael Mullins (Fine Gael); Hildegarde Naughton (Fine Gael); Feargal Quinn (Independent);  Mary White (Fianna Fáil)

Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Membership:

Chairperson - Mr Patsy McGlone

Committee Deputy Chairperson - Mr Conor Murphy

Mr Paul Givan (DUP)
Mr Gordon Dunne (DUP)
Mr David McIlveen (DUP)
Mr William Humphrey (DUP)
Ms Megan Fearon (DUP)
Mr Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (DUP)
Mr Fearghal McKinney (SDLP)
Mr Adrian Cochrane-Watson (UUP)
Mr Steven Agnew Green Party