Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe ‘Reilly, attended and addressed a high profile Economic Seminar on All Ireland Economic Co-Operation in Armagh, hosted by the SDLP, yesterday 21st June.
He was representing An Tánaiste, Eamonn Gilmore TD (Minister for Foreign Affairs) and the Government at the event and was also there in his own right, as Vice Chair of the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee.

Speaking at the conference yesterday morning, Deputy O’Reilly emphasised the areas where North South Co-Operation already exists. In that regard he spoke specifically on Innovation and Research, Tourism and Health.

He suggested that there were much greater grounds for Co-Operation in the Agri-Food Sector, the area of Broadband delivery (although he welcomed Project KELVIN) and Education. He also paid specific mention to co-operation of Local Authorities in relation to Doctor on Call services, Ambulance Services and cross border co-operation in relation to the A5 Link Road.

He stated that he was unhappy with the current level of co-operation and that it left no room for complacency. ‘We need to build on co-operation in practical ways and it is through that way that we will ultimately bring about a unity of hearts and minds and kind of practical unity that will create a truly new Ireland, concluded the Deputy.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website