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Shared Island initiative delivered €50m over past 12 months

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Picture by Julien Behal

THE Dublin government has allocated €50 million (£42.6m) to a range of cross-border projects over the past 12 months.

The figure emerged as Taoiseach Micheál Martin launched a week-long series of events to mark one year of the Shared Island initiative.

Projects that have benefited from the "cooperation, connection and mutual understanding" initiative include the Ulster Canal, Narrow Water Bridge and the North-South Research Programme.

Seven 'Shared Island Dialogue' events have been held, with participation by government ministers and more than 1,000 people from different sectors and regions across the island.

The week-long series of events, which kicked-off yesterday with the British Irish Chamber of Commerce's discussion on Public Investment Priorities on a Shared Island, concludes next Thursday December 9 with what is being billed as 'landmark engagement' with the the taoiseach at Dublin Castle.

Mr Martin said his government's Shared Island initiative aimed to " bring people together, increase connections, and provide a space for open and honest conversations".

He said he had been "really encouraged" by the level of engagement from civic and sectoral groups.

"The Shared Island initiative is a whole of government priority, to bring more ambition, more resourcing and more impact to what we achieve through the framework of the Good Friday Agreement," he said.

"Working with the Northern Ireland Executive, the UK government, local authorities and our partners in the European Union, the government will continue to drive this positive and proactive agenda to create a more connected, sustainable and prosperous island for all communities and traditions."

In October, the Dublin government set out its investment priorities for the Shared Island initiative in the reviewed National Development Plan (2021-30).

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