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Government must ensure north gets special status within the EU – Maurice Quinlivan TD

6 December, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has called on the Irish government to ensure the north of Ireland remains within the European Union. Speaking following the address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs by the north’s Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Mulleoir and the Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard, Deputy Quinlivan said:

“The people of the north voted by a majority to remain in the European Union as they know it is in their interest -  politically, economically and socially, to do so.  

“I agree with Minister Ó Mulleoir’s statement to the Committee that the decision by the UK Government to withdraw from the EU and to drag the north with it is simply undemocratic.

“It is the duty of the Irish government to do everything in its power to ensure this does not happen and that the free movement of people north and south, remains unaltered. 

“There is an onus on the Irish government under the Good Friday Agreement to make the case for designated special status for the north within the European Union.

“This is important for the people and the economy of the north. It is also important for the border region, and for the future development of the all-island economy. 

“The continued access to continental and UK markets and to EU funding is of the upmost importance. 

“Sinn Féin is opposed to the North being forced out of the EU.

“We believe the onus is on the Irish government to vigorously argue for the north to be given special status within the EU.”

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