The Nationalist SDLP has taken the ball from under the two governments with their proposals for extraordinary collaboration across Ireland together with the same judges, law enforcement, and detention centre officers operational in both jurisdictions. For the first time it is expected to have an all-Ireland sex offender' register, the same training courses for Garda and Police Service of Northern Ireland recruits, and an all-Ireland Law Commission to endorse harmonisation of laws between North and South and for hospitals on both sides of the Border to pool assets to purchase equipment which would otherwise be too expensive in each jurisdiction. Cross-Border cooperation is being stalled by the delay of the North's political institutions and it's now time to take action. The parties’ proposals for an all-Ireland Criminal Assets Bureau to deal with paramilitary and other crime more successfully, and an all-Ireland Public Safety Body to cut the amount of accidents and deaths on Border roads "The SDLP has come up with real, practical ways to increase co-operation to improve life for all on this island," he said. "Often, there is too much theoretical nationalism so we have concentrated on bringing benefits to the ordinary person on the street.
Let me say plainly, this document is not about getting one over on unionists. If something won't work for both communities, they haven’t suggested it. But lets get realistic it’s in relation to the economy, learning, healthcare, and policing and integrity, there are huge opportunities to develop joint services in a new and exciting way. Allowing police and justice people to work on both sides of the Border would influence the sharing of good practice; it would assist in the conflict the under-representation in the North's criminal justice system. The Criminal Assets Bureau together with the North's Assets Recovery Agency would be more successful with joint teams of officers working on investigations. It's also suggesting an all-Ireland Intelligence Agency to combat paramilitaries and an all-Ireland sex offenders' register is urgently needed following after recent cases where sex offenders had evaded supervision after crossing the Border. Workers and business people need a variety of measures to ensure that living in one jurisdiction and working or running a business in the other more possible. These include removing tax barriers imposed on cross-Border workers, reducing cross-Border banking and insurance charges, and an integrated postal service. The Taoiseach’s decision to include Northern businesses in the recent trade mission to India could be the beginning in a new North-South trade mission that must become common practice. One further thing of note it is entirely offensive that child poverty levels, North and South, are among the highest in Europe.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Posted by Parnell at 11:29 a.m.