Cross border bodies may have budgets cut

It's emerged that that two cross-border bodies could be targetted for cuts totalling over £2 million as part of a rationalisation being discussed by the Stormont executive.

SDLP leader and Foyle MP says Tourism Ireland may have its budget cut by £1 million, and Inter-Trade Ireland by £1.6 million. He says this flies in the face of the need to develop effective North-South cooperation.

Donegal Councillor Padraig Mac Lochlainn is a member of the board of Inter-Trade Ireland. He says this is a very short sighted move which will hinder local businesses.