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Chambers Welcome Launch of Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor Initiative

Newry, Dundalk and Drogheda Chambers welcome the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor Initiative launched today.

We are the region in the centre of that corridor, the fillet, and have long worked together promoting the region as a whole.

Speaking after today’s launch, CEO of Newry Chamber, Colm Shannon said:

“Newry Chamber welcomes the launch of the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor Initiative, which clearly demonstrates the potential of a region with a population of over 2 million.”

“Newry, Dundalk and Drogheda Chambers and the two local councils already have good working relationships. Post-Brexit and COVID-19, these relationships will provide a platform for future economic cooperation and growth.”

“We have the people, the skills and the infrastructure to attract future investment and grow the economy both sides of the border. The growth of the hybrid working model will also make our region an attractive place to live and work.”

The three Chambers welcome how the initiative has clearly set out the benefits of the region.

The region has 2,300,000 living within an hour’s drive with many having third level plus and other skilled qualifications, excellent broadband, three international airports, 7 universities/third level and two deep water ports.

We are an investment ready region capable of supporting green field Foreign Direct Investment projects, second locations or companies that require a presence in one or both locations post-Brexit. We offer second locations from 200 plus to a small hub of 5 to 10 working in small units.

The three Chambers have a long and successful record of assisting both established and potential businesses in establishing or enhancing their position in the area.

We offer ready access to both Dublin and Belfast and still offer a high quality of life with mountains; sea and countryside to explore.

The tourism offering from the UNESCO world site at Newgrange to the mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea into Carlingford Lough is a relatively underdeveloped product.

We look forward to working with the Shared Island Project which we have already started to engage with Chambers Ireland and the Department of An Taoiseach.