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the like­li­hood that some fi­nan­cial ser­vices in the UK will want to move to Ire­land,’ said Deputy Don­nelly.

‘It should also help in our ef­forts to se­cure and main­tain for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment, par­tic­u­larly from English-speak­ing coun­tries like the US and Canada.’

Deputy Don­nelly said that his col­league Cather­ine Mur­phy spoke in the Dáil last Thurs­day about the need for the Gov­ern­ment to un­der­stand and ad­dress the grow­ing dis­con­nect be­tween cit­i­zens and UE in­sti­tu­tions caused by what many see as an un­fair­ness and in­equal­ity at the heart of EU de­ci­sions.

‘ There needs to be ur­gent de­bate in the Oireach­tas on the risks and op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the UK vote,’ said Deputy Don­nelly. ‘We need to know, im­me­di­ately, what plans the gov­ern­ment has in place.’

(Mary Fog­a­rty) WICK­LOW Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey has la­belled Brexit as a na­tional, UK and Euro­pean cri­sis and has called on the Taoiseach and the Gov­ern­ment to work closely with all the op­po­si­tion to tackle the fallout.

Deputy Casey, pic­tured, out­lined the ur­gent need for sta­bil­ity and called for a con­sid­ered ap­proach.

‘ This is the most dan­ger­ous eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal cri­sis of the last 50 years. Calm and care­ful analysis is now es­sen­tial,’ he said.

‘No one can ex­actly pre­dict the range of eco­nomic ef­fects that this will have Ire­land but all are agreed that it’s not good in the short term. Tourism and agri­cul­ture are just two planks of the Wick­low and East Car­low econ­omy that will be af­fected im­me­di­ately by Brexit,’ he added.

He stressed the point that this is not the time for ‘nar­row, po­lit­i­cal games­man­ship’ and said that ‘Par­lia­men­tary and po­lit­i­cal unity’ is needed. ‘As a busi­ness­man and em­ployer I know the im­me­di­ate risks to our tourism in­dus­try. UK tourists are this morn­ing go­ing to find trav­el­ing to Ire­land more ex­pen­sive while US tourists are go­ing to find trav­el­ling to the UK cheaper than Ire­land. There is also a trou­bling con­fir­ma­tion of the dis­con­nect that ex­ists out there amongst large groups of peo­ple and the po­lit­i­cal, civil ser­vice and me­dia es­tab­lish­ment. This needs to be lis­tened to and a stim­u­lus pack­age put in place to give peo­ple hope in the fu­ture of our eco­nomic fu­ture within the EU,’ he said. ‘I will work with all my col­leagues in Le­in­ster House to en­sure that we can steer Ire­land through this cri­sis,’ he added. (Deb­o­rah Cole­man)

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