The government just doesn’t get Brexit – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Speaking during a Dáil debate today Sinn Féin Deputy Maurice Quinlivan called for “a market diversification and product innovation strategy to support Irish food and drink companies to try and replace UK exports to the EU to compensate for the hit caused by Brexit.”
Deputy Quinlivan said;
“Brexit has the potential to be the biggest economic disaster to hit Ireland both north and South in generations and we need to meet the challenge in that frightening context. We now know what type of Brexit we are facing, no more waiting until the UK triggers Article 50, Teresa May had made that crystal clear. Patricia King of ICTU recently said that Irish jobs must not be lost because of a decision of the UK.
“Saving existing and creating new jobs has to be the key in our plan.
“For instance Kevin O’Rourke, Professor of Economics at Oxford University recently suggested that the Government should allocate €25 million to fund a market diversification and product innovation strategy to support Irish food and drink companies to try and replace UK exports to the EU to compensate for the hit caused by Brexit. That’s food and drink alone. That analysis provides an insight into how the paltry €3 million extra spend allocated by the Government is nowhere near the level of funding needed to meet the challenge of Brexit.
“Recently the Minister and her department organised a stakeholder engagement event on Brexit in Carrick-on-Shannon.
“However Minister, you need to listen to what was said at that event. You will be aware that the vast bulk of contributions, from across the spectrum for Business organisations like IBEC, Trade Unions represented by ICTU and ordinary farmers and farmers’ organisations as well as local people all said that the Government was simply not doing enough on the issue.
“So again Minister I ask you what plan do you specifically have to try replace UK food exports from the UK to EU after Brexit?”