Gardaí should be able to cross Border, say TDs
The PSNI and gardaí should be allowed to cross the Border to catch criminals during 'hot pursuit', a parliamentary committee has found.
Cross-party TDs and senators backed the call for new protocols to allow police incursions into each other's jurisdiction when actively chasing suspects.
Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tobin, rapporteur for the committee, said it would help combat the cross-border black market.
"The idea that criminals can pass the Border without a second thought, yet the PSNI or the gardaí must stop at that invisible line in pursuance of the criminal, is completely illogical," he added.
The recommendation was among several proposals in a 119-page report on an all-island economy drawn up by the Oireachtas joint committee on jobs, enterprise and innovation.
The study attacks "the reluctance on the part of some Unionist policy makers" to foster closer cross-border trade links.
The North is at risk of becoming "peripheral" to Britain and would benefit more than the Republic from closer cross-border ties, it claims.
The committee urged a single economic agency for the island, bringing together investment agencies.
It also called for:
- Joint economic planning between Dublin and Stormont
- Scrapping North-South mobile roaming charges
- Hourly rail services between Dublin and Belfast
- The axing of transaction costs for banking and telecoms
- Urgent funding for a Dublin to Derry motorway, and possibly a new route between Sligo and Dundalk
- New border region economic zone, with investment in roads and broadband.