Quinn Industrial holdings [‘QIH’] was pleased to welcome Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, MP to its manufacturing facilities at Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh and Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan today (Monday, 21 May, 2018).
The visit was an opportunity to engage on Brexit and what it might mean for communities and businesses on both sides of the ‘border’.
QIH operations span over 1,000 acres north and south where it employs 814 staff (an increase of 158 since 2014) generating a turnover of €210million with a significant multiplier effect for the local and national economies.
Commenting, Liam McCaffrey, Chief Executive, QIH said:
"It is difficult to overstate the practical implications of the potential return of a hard border for a region so focussed on breaking down borders and creating a sustainable community and economy."
"At QIH we account for over 350 cross ‘border’ truck movements per day and up to 30% of our staff live in one jurisdiction but work in the other. Our experience and the experience of hundreds of other businesses in the region is that the return of a hard border would be an enormously retrograde step for this island."
"We are a resilient company and community but the human, financial and societal consequences of a hard border are enormous and require that policy makers north and south spare no effort in delivering a ‘soft’ border."
“Notwithstanding these challenges, our experience of operating on a cross-border basis over many difficult years means we remain optimistic about future performance and we continue to invest in export and other initiatives”
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