Trade links a chance for new relationship with UK
A few eyebrows will undoubtedly be raised at suggestions that British and Irish trade missions should be merged when promoting our companies abroad. Suggestions that UK visas will also extend to the Republic are also likely to anger some people, but both suggestions are welcome and show once again the links with our nearest neighbour are deepening and improving rapidly.
The suggestions, contained in a lengthy report commissioned by the Irish and British governments and due to be published in days, need to be considered carefully because there are some reasons to be cautious.
Irish interests and UK interests do not always overlap. We compete for the same foreign direct investment. Irish and British companies producing similar products will want to beat one another to win contracts overseas.