Seminar on the Cross-border Worker

20 May 2010, Derry

Seminar on the Cross-border Worker

The Cross Border Worker was the topic of discussion at Border People’s third seminar which took place on the 20th May 2010 in Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry.

Border People is a unique project which provides an online information point (www.borderpeople.info) for individuals crossing the border to Commute, Work, Live or Study. The website focuses on relevant issues such as taxation, social security, job-seeking, qualifications, health, education, banking, telecommunications and other areas of interest to citizens moving across the border. The project is managed by the Centre for Cross Border Studies in partnership with the North South Ministerial Council and has received £200,483 from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme.

The Cross Border Worker seminar brought together organisations in the North West region that have a vested interest in the provision of cross-border information and cross-border employment.

Annmarie O’Kane and Joe Shiels, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Michael Carr and Joe Lavery, EURES Cross Border Partnership and Lisa Fegan, John McMahon & Co Chartered Accountants.
Annmarie O’Kane and Joe Shiels, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Michael Carr and Joe Lavery, EURES Cross Border Partnership and Lisa Fegan, John McMahon & Co Chartered Accountants.

Guest speakers included Michael Carr Co-ordinator of EURES Cross-border Partnership and Lisa Fegan, Chartered Accountant, John McMahon & Co. each with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in cross border issues.  They highlighted some of the challenges that are regularly encountered by individuals crossing the border to work and do business.

Lisa spoke of the difficulties for businesses and employers in the border region, and highlighted ambiguous red tape that hampers routine business activities. Michael informed the audience about the EURES Cross Border Partnership. He focussed on the issues facing frontier workers and raised concerns about the lack of knowledge regarding e.g. taxation responsibilities, access to social welfare system, entitlement to health care and claiming tax credits and child benefit.

Following the presentations a lively discussion took place and opinions were aired regarding the obstacles facing people on a daily basis, including access to information, delays in applications for child benefit and the unduly rules and regulations for frontier motorists and car owners.

The seminar closed with the Official Launch of the revamped website of the Centre for Cross Border Studieswww.crossborder.ie. Jointly launched by Sinead McLaughlin Chief Executive of Derry Chamber of Commerce and Toni Forrester Chief Executive of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce they each acknowledged the website as an important source of cross border information and commented on its sleek new design and ease of use.

Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Sinead McLaughlin, CEO Derry Chamber of Commerce jointly launch www.crossborder.ie
Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Sinead McLaughlin, CEO Derry Chamber of Commerce jointly launch www.crossborder.ie

If you would like further information or if you wish to attend future events please contact  Annmarie O’Kane a.okane@qub.ac.uk or telephone 028 3751 5291.

Seminar notes and downloads