Min­is­ter leads Brexit event

The Argus - - NEWS - Peter Fitz­patrick TD.

A ma­jor pub­lic meet­ing on the re­sponse to Brexit was led by Min­is­ter Si­mon Coveney in Louth last week

The meet­ing, held in Drogheda, saw the Min­is­ter high­light Ireland’s ‘ key pri­or­i­ties’ in re­la­tion to Brexit in­clud­ing: the econ­omy, North­ern Ireland, the Com­mon Travel Area and the fu­ture of the Euro­pean Union it­self.

‘Our ob­jec­tive re­mains to en­sure that these spe­cific in­ter­ests are pro­tected in the best in­ter­ests of our peo­ple, and we have been work­ing in­ten­sively across Gov­ern­ment in pre­par­ing for all even­tu­al­i­ties,’ said Min­is­ter Coveney.

Deputy Fer­gus O’Dowd is one of the co-chairs of the Fine Gael Brexit Re­sponse Group, with spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for the North-South di­men­sion of Brexit. He added: ‘ Most con­cern­ing is the, not un­ex­pected news, that Prime Min­is­ter May does not want Britain to stay in the sin­gle mar­ket. This will have ad­verse ef­fects on agri­cul­ture, trans­port and in­dus­try. Ireland must be fully pre­pared to meet the chal­lenges that Brexit presents and cap­i­talise on any op­por­tu­ni­ties that present them­selves.’

Dun­dalk Deputy Peter Fitz­patrick added: ‘ There is no doubt that border busi­nesses face many chal­lenges fol­low­ing the Brexit re­sult. How­ever, there are also many op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ireland, in par­tic­u­lar border coun­ties like Louth, and now it is vi­tal that we are fully pre­pared to take ad­van­tage of these op­por­tu­ni­ties. We want to hear the con­cerns and views of lo­cal peo­ple. A fol­low up meet­ing will be held in Dun­dalk.’

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