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Ministers Coveney and Murphy meet to discuss new trading opportunities

Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney TD met with Economy Minister Conor Murphy today at InterTradeIreland’s office in Newry.

Minister Coveney said:

“The Irish government is really anxious to strengthen the North/South institutions and that’s why I’m meeting Minister Murphy at the earliest possible date. There is nothing but opportunity ahead for the island of Ireland in terms of trade and we will continue to engage on this to further strengthen the all island economy.” 

Minister Murphy said:

“It was important to have an early meeting with Minister Coveney to discuss how we can prosper from the Windsor Framework. Businesses welcome the fact that certainty has been provided and it is now time to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer for both north-south and east-west trade.”

The Ministers also met with InterTradeIreland CEO Margaret Hearty to discuss the vital work it does to develop cross border trade. 

Speaking afterwards Minister Coveney said:

“My department already works closely with InterTradeIreland, and they are well placed now to make sure that companies across the island can build on this progress and seize the real opportunities that are there.”

Margaret Hearty also welcomed Minister Murphy to his new post. She said:

“Having Minister Murphy visit InterTradeIreland today as one of his earliest visits is a welcome vote of confidence in the work InterTradeIreland does to help businesses across the island to grow through cross-border exporting, innovation, collaboration and raising investment. The cross-border market is growing fast and is now worth £10 billion/€12 billion, with our research showing that businesses who trade cross-border are more successful, resilient and profitable. I very much look forward to working with both Minister Murphy and Minister Coveney and to InterTradeIreland continuing our work leading collaboration on shared North-South economic policy priorities in the drive to grow exports, innovation and entrepreneurship.”