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Irish government needs to stand up for entire island on Brexit – O'Dowd

26 January, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin's national spokesperson on Brexit John O'Dowd said today that the Irish government need to stand up for the island of Ireland in negotiations with the British government to secure special designated status for the North within the EU. 

John O'Dowd was speaking after a Portadown company announced that it is going to open offices in Dundalk.The Sinn Féin Assembly candidate for Upper Bann said:

"This morning’s announcement by Portadown pharmaceutical company, Almac that they are to open an office in Dundalk because it will remain in the EU after Brexit, is an insight into the thinking of major global companies if the North is dragged out of the EU against its will.

Mr O’Dowd said:

“The Craigavon area has a number of international companies such as Almac which operate on the global market and benefit from the North being in the EU and Single Market. Brexit changes all that and now such companies are being forced to secure EU access through other means.

“The impact of a proposed Brexit is real and is happening now. Almac in my opinion will be the first of many such announcements. The rising cost of living, fuel and household goods all relate to Brexit, the price to be paid by the North for right-wing Tory policies in Britain will continue to rise.

In conclusion Mr O’ Dowd said:

"The people of the North voted to remain in the EU, the people of North and South are better off in the EU, in the Single Market and no hard border. 

"The reality is Brexit will damage the economy across this island and we need a strong response from the Irish government. 

"They need to stand up for the island of Ireland when they are negotiating with the British Government and the EU and secure Special Status for the North within the EU."

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