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Taoiseach should brief party leaders on his approach to EU Council meeting – McDonald

20 April, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said Ireland has a strong hand to play in the Brexit negotiations and reiterated that Taoiseach Enda Kenny should brief other party leaders on his approach to the EU Council meeting on April 29th.

Speaking at Leinster House today, Teachta McDonald said;

“The Irish Government is taking a very passive approach to the Brexit negotiations, standing on the sidelines waiting to see how the negotiations will develop.  This is incredibly naïve and risks Ireland being left behind when a deal is done.  

“The best chance that Ireland has to get special status is now, before the final shape of Brexit becomes clear – at that stage, it will be too late for any meaningful intervention.

“Theresa May has called an election to strengthen her hand in the negotiations and it is clear that absolutely no thought was given to the consequences for Ireland, north or south.

“It is clear that we are on course for a hard Brexit but it is also clear that Ireland has a strong hand to play and that with the right strategy we can secure designated special status for the North within the EU and minimise the impact of Brexit for the whole island.

“Gerry Adams has written to the Taoiseach asking him to brief party leaders on his approach to the critical EU Council meeting on April 29th.  A better deal is possible than the minimal approach set out in the draft EU Council resolution but it means taking action now.” 

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