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Reilly calls for “All-Ireland” EU Presidency

10 May, 2012


Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has called for next year’s Irish presidency of the EU to be an “All-Ireland” Presidency.

Speaking in the Seanad as Minister Creighton outlined her government’s plans for the 2013 Presidency Senator Reilly said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to call on the Minister to ensure that this is as close to possible our first “All-Ireland” presidency. There needs to be the maximum level of cooperation with our counterparts in the Assembly. The benefits of a joined-up approach are obvious to all of us who are working with our farmers, fishermen and community groups.

“All-Ireland policy cooperation and coherence makes sense and must be a bedrock of our Presidency next year.

“This is a practical issue as well as a political one. Experience has shown how our interests, north and south, very often converge at EU level but are completely at odds with the stance taken by London.

“The devolved administrations in Wales and Scotland can also testify to this. An All-Ireland Presidency would give us more influence over the critical issues that are likely to be signed off during Ireland’s Presidency including CAP and the structural funds for the coming years.”

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