The North South Ministerial Secretariat based in Armagh, in conjunction with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce organised a social evening for various Chamber of Commerce around Carlingford Lough.
The LE EMER was docked at Greenore. Chamber President Paddy Matthews and PRO Paddy Malone attended the event. Also present were representatives from Drogheda Chamber Simon McCormack, Warrenpoint Chamber Jim Boylan & Mark Kelly, Crossmaglen Chamber Michael McArdle and Kilkeel Chamber James Cunningham.
Fergal McCormack of FPM Accountants spoke of the changing circumstances along the border and the opportunities now opening up to do business on the other side of the border. He was extremely optimistic on the Southern economy recovering.
Derek Roddy of Climote gave a practical example of how collaboration with Northern Universities has helped them to produce a commercial product with huge export potential.
Paddy Matthews, President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce spoke of this area’s huge tourism potential from the Mourne to Cooley to Slieve Gullion. He saw this area as a serious competitor to the South West.