Committee to discuss implications of Brexit on equality and human rights and Good Friday Agreement – Funchion
Speaking in advance of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement tomorrow, Sinn Féin TD and Chair of the committee Kathleen Funchion said that it was vital the issue of human rights and equality and the implications of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement remained firmly on the table.
The Carlow-Kilkenny TD said:
“It is crucial that the equality implications of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement remain firmly on the table for discussion at the Committee’s meetings.
“This week, the Committee will continue its examination of the ways in which the North may be affected by Brexit. In the first session of the meeting, we will look at the human rights and equality implications of Brexit. EU membership is closely connected to human rights protections. Brexit may potentially result in a retreat from EU protections including on workers’ rights, gender rights, environmental rights and anti-discrimination legislation.
“The Committee will also examine the implications of Brexit for EU funds, including PEACE and INTERREG, which have provided vital funding for North-South cooperation, regional development, and peace and reconciliation work on the island of Ireland.”
Note: The agenda for the meeting tomorrow, Thursday, 17th November 2016 at 2pm in Committee Room 2, Leinster House is as follows:
1) The Implications of Brexit for the Good Friday
Agreement and its Institutions – the human rights and equality implications of
Brexit (Mr. Brian Gormally, Director, Committee on the Administration
2)The Implications of Brexit for the Good Friday Agreement and its Institutions – the implications of Brexit for EU funding, including PEACE and INTERREG funding (Ms. Gina McIntyre, CEO of the SEUPB, Mr. Shaun Henry, Director of Managing Authority SEUPB, Mr. John Greer, Head of Unit – Joint Secretariat).