MEDIA RELEASE, 8 NOVEMBER 1995

Forum to hear from :

Human Rights experts, Dr. Colm Campbell and Dr. Tom Hadden (Queen's University ,Belfast);

and Dr. John Bradley ,author of a new consultancy study on an Island Economy.

The Forum for Peace and Reconciliation will hold its thirty sixth Plenary Meeting on Friday 10 November 1995. The meeting will start at 11.00am and will commence with tributes to the late Deputy Brian Lenihan, and the late Deputy Neil Blaney, former members of the Forum.

Morning session

This will be followed by Dr. Colm Campbell and Dr. Tom Hadden (both of Queen's University, Belfast) who will make an oral presentation to the Forum concerning their new consultancy study "The Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland". Prof. Kevin Boyle of the University of Essex is also a co-author of the study.

Afternoon session

At 2.15 pm, Dr. John Bradley of the ESRI will present his consultancy study for the Forum, "An Island Economy: exploring long term economic and social consequences of peace and reconciliation in the island of Ireland."

Boyle/Hadden/Campbell Study (Human Rights)

The principal focus of this study is the future protection of human rights under any settlement arising from the peace process. It identifies two sets of principles, those for general application and those of particular relevance to peace and reconciliation in Ireland.

Bradley Study

This latest study complements the published study by KPMG on the social and economic consequences of peace and reconstruction in the short and medium term. [The KPMG report identified the economic benefits, by the year 2000, for the economies of the North and South and demonstrated that in the North the benefits will be much greater if security savings are fully reallocated to other public spending programmes in Northern Ireland .

The Bradley Study focuses on North-South links and it ?three different modes of economic development:

- continued separate economic development

- co-operative economic development

- single island economy

It concludes that under all three scenarios the peace dividend is likely to have four main elements:

- stimulus to private sector through restructuring the balance between the public and private sectors in the North

- strong tourism growth, particularly in the early stages of recovery

- recovery and growth of direct foreign investment

- increasing North-South business contacts and prospects for developing and strengthening indigenous industrial and service sectors.

The report also questions whether the "arms-length" North-South links can be developed to reinforce and benefit growth in the island economy.


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