From the archive: End of an era as Single European Market closes Muff customs post - December 1992

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The end of an era

The closing of the cross-border customs posts on Friday following the introduction of the Single European Market will mark the end of an era for the McClintock family from Muff.

The family have been involved in the maintenance and upkeep of the customs post since the foundation of the Free State in 1922. Johnny McClintock, who was until this week employed as caretaker at the post, followed in the footsteps of his father, James, who was first employed at the post in 1922. Naturally, after a family involvement of just over 70 years, Johnny is saddened to see it close.

Single Market a ‘fundamental threat’

Sinn Féin Councillor, Mitchel McLaughlin, who is the party’s spokesman on the economy, claimed this week that the Single European Market, “represents one of the most fundamental dangers ever faced by the people of Ireland” and will lead to increased unemployment, poverty and depopulation of rural areas.

Colr. McLaughlin said the provisions of the Single Europan Market amounted to the decontrol of capital across Western Europe.

“For Ireland, north and south, that means that the ‘challenge’ of the market is, in fact, a disaster.”

Stormont return a ‘priority’

Alderman John Adams of the Ulster Unionist grouping on Derry City Council said the establishment of an administration at Stormont must be the priority for 1993.

“As we extend into the New Year it is natural for us all to hope for a peaceful year, and at the same time work for the changes necessary, in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

“Can we, for example, go on being subjected to civil servants answerable to no-one?

“Therefore an administration at Stormont must remain a priority in 1993. It’s the only way forward,” said the UUP representative.