Is access an issue affecting Irish competitiveness?

Edward Sweeney, Randal Faulkner

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Abstract

Being an island, off an island, off the ‘mainland’ of theEuropean market would appear to present Ireland withsignificant disadvantages in relation to competitiveness.Indeed, in 1996, as part of the process of developing a longterm strategy for enterprise in Ireland, Forfas prepared a reportcalled ‘World Class to Serve the World’ which identified the keyissues affecting Ireland’s future role as part of a globaleconomy. Access or, in other words, getting products in andout of Ireland was identified as a critical issue. Variousrecommendations, including the establishment of the NationalInstitute for Transport and Logistics (NITL) as a centre ofexcellence for transport and logistics to support companiesoperating in Ireland, were put forward to address this issue.This paper examines the changing role of transport indetermining economic competitiveness and whether it is anissue for Ireland both now and in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages13-16
Number of pages4
No.3
Specialist publicationLogistics Solutions
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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