Dundalk Chamber were invited to speak at the Centre for Cross Border Studies, CCBS at their latest Brexit conference.
Paddy alone made the presentation which concentrated not on Brexit as such but the challenges and opportunities presented by 2040.
Paddy emphasised the fact that the Plan had been radically altered . This incuded the linear city of Drogheda Dundalk Newry which the Chamber had championed. Another was the recognition of the importance of the Letterkenny/ Derry area.
The Plan now recognised that as good neighbours the Plan must take the wishes and needs of Northern Ireland when planning to 2040.
In the past National Plans had planned up to the border. The consequence was that the beneficial impact of those Plans was not as strong the nearer you approached the Border. As a result border towns like Letterkenny and Dundalk had lost out.
It was up to National, Regional and local organisations within Northern Ireland to identify how best they could engage with the National Planning Strategy. One option was the existing MOU between Louth and Newry Mourne Down local councils in the absence of Stormont.
The meeting agreed that the opportunity presented must be seized.