Murphy and Fearon attend all Ireland economy meeting

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy and MLA Megan Fearon have participated in a Sinn Féin all Ireland Economy Meeting held in Leinster House on Tuesday 21st August. The purpose of this meeting was to draw together Sinn Féin colleagues from North and South who are working in the areas of Finance, the Economy and Public Expenditure and to consider how an All Island approach could benefit local people and communities. Speaking after the meeting Conor Murphy spoke to Newry Times. He said it was Sinn Fein’s aim to ensure that quality of life is improved for people across Ireland from Dublin to Belfast, Cork to Donegal. Murphy continued, “In order to do that the party is currently researching the financial effects of the border and the savings which a united approach would generate. Our argument is that it simply does not make good economic sense to have such duplication of services on this small island. “People here are paying, through their taxes, for parallel systems of healthcare, emergency services, education services, government and much more. Coupled with that people must contend with two systems of taxation, two currencies, different farming and business regulations and so on.” Murphy said that Sinn Féin is also researching the amount of money which flows out of Northern Ireland to the British Exchequer and contrasting this with the block grant which the North receives. “To date it has proven extremely difficult to obtain figures from the British Treasury but I will continue to apply pressure in my capacity as MP to make sure the figures are released.” MLA Megan Fearon, who sits on the Assembly’s Finance Committee added; “As someone living in a border community I see the negative effects every day. Even a small thing like mobile roaming charges impact on the money in people’s pockets.  There is so much scope for making savings by removing the border yet Sinn Féin are the only party in the country making this a priority.”
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