Minister leads Brexit event
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.’