DOES IT MEAN FOR WICKLOW?
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)