Is access an issue affecting Irish competitiveness?

Edward Sweeney, Randal Faulkner

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Being an island, off an island, off the ‘mainland’ of the
European market would appear to present Ireland with
significant disadvantages in relation to competitiveness.
Indeed, in 1996, as part of the process of developing a long
term strategy for enterprise in Ireland, Forfas prepared a report
called ‘World Class to Serve the World’ which identified the key
issues affecting Ireland’s future role as part of a global
economy. Access or, in other words, getting products in and
out of Ireland was identified as a critical issue. Various
recommendations, including the establishment of the National
Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL) as a centre of
excellence for transport and logistics to support companies
operating in Ireland, were put forward to address this issue.
This paper examines the changing role of transport in
determining economic competitiveness and whether it is an
issue for Ireland both now and in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationLogistics Solutions
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004

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