The agriculture, finance and industry sectors in Cork and the wider South West region were the ones that made the most of the British vote to leave the European Union, the first major study on the Brexit impact on Cork since the 2016 referendum suggests.
Prior to the launch of the report at UCC, where it was presented by lecturer, Dr. Mary C. Murphy, Ann Taoiseach Michael Martin said the report focused on how Brexit and the protocol had ‘undoubtedly caused challenges in Britain and the islands of Ireland,’ and said the report sheds light on this. Inserted how collaboration can be taken forward in Cork.
“The all-island economy, which includes working together with the North and South, to address the key strategic challenges we all have, has the potential to deepen cooperation in constructive and mutually beneficial ways,” said Mr. Martin. Told.
The University College Cork (UCC) report identifies how Cork – Ireland’s largest county and second largest city – manages and mediates the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit. In particular, it details the extent to which all island economic, social and cultural opportunities are being developed and advanced after Brexit.
In addition to highlighting the areas in the south-west of Ireland that were most affected by Brexit, the report found that Cork’s long history of trade with Europe may have mitigated the worst effects of Brexit for the city and the wider region. helped to do.
The study found that the Cork region was comparatively less affected by the change in tourist numbers than other parts of Ireland.
The report shows that a significant component of the tourist attractions of the city of Cork is its reputation as one of Ireland’s major arts and culture hotspots.
The study pointed to Cork’s status as the second largest English-speaking city in the European Union, after Dublin, to suggest that the city had the potential to become a particularly attractive location for international students who might have otherwise Will have chosen Britain for his studies.
A limited collective understanding of Cork’s relationship with Northern Ireland was described in the report as a structural challenge. This is linked to poor physical connectivity and long travel times between north and south, and many businesses tended to look to Europe rather than Northern Ireland in terms of prioritizing the link.
The report includes recommendations on how Cork can capitalize on the post-Brexit environment through the advancement of trade ties, closer civic links (for example, between Cork and Derry) and connections between Cork and various parts of the UK. more direct connection between It also proposes the development of an Island of Ireland Erasmus-style student mobility program and the promotion of joint projects around sustainability, tourism and inter-community understanding.
The report’s editor and UCC lecturer, Dr. Mary C. Murphy said: “At a time when Brexit and the protocols are creating challenges and uncertainty, this study proposes to broaden all ways of the north-south link with a view to benefiting all people and all of the island of Ireland. Part.”
UCC President Professor John O’Halloran welcomed the publication of the report, which he said was a work of great value and praised its editor, Dr. C. Murphy, whom he described as a recognized scholar of North-South relations. “Not only does this broaden the scope of existing relations between Northern Ireland and the Cork region, it also includes ideas and recommendations on how to capture new opportunities for investment, cooperation and connection across the island in the context of the post-Brexit period. Huh.”