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Irish farmers depend upon Government fighting for special status for the north – Kenny

25 April, 2017 - by Martin Kenny TD


Speaking today as Sinn Féin’s new strategy document ‘Securing Designated Special Status for the North within the EU’, was launched, Agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny TD said the Government has a duty to act for Irish citizens by the inclusion of special status for the north of Ireland in its formal negotiating position.

Deputy Kenny said:

“Irish agriculture, the backbone of the economy north and south, needs action by Government and Taoiseach Enda Kenny must stand firm at the EU council meeting on Saturday, called to discuss the EU’s position for the negotiations with the British government on Brexit.

“Today in Dublin, the Government is met to discuss its position and I hope that Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is relaying to the Taoiseach the position of Irish farmers as expressed at yesterday’s IFA conference in Kildare.

“Irish farmers are worried about the crisis that will happen if a hard border is instituted by Britain leaving the customs union.

“The people of the north voted to remain within the European Union and they did that because it is the right thing to do economically, politically, and socially.

“We have put forward our proposal that the north secures special status within the EU and that the entire island of Ireland remains within the European Union.

“We have been working to achieve support for that status across Ireland and in the EU, where our MEPs have secured a joint resolution recognising the unique circumstances of the North, the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement, and against the hardening of the border.

“A Sinn Féin motion in the Dáil won cross-party support for designated special status for the North.

“Now, the Government has to act by including designated special status in its negotiating position on Saturday at the EU council meeting.” 

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